Target and Kmart have pulled video game Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) off shelves over controversy about the game’s depiction of violence against women.
The stores responded to a change.org petition that gained more than 44,000 signatures.
“It’s a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment. The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get ‘health’ points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking,” the petition said.
After Target pulled the game from stores, Kmart followed suit and issued a statement saying, “Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately… Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game.”
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A Melbourne woman has had enough of corporates sexualising children and has channeled her anger into activism. Whilst shopping for shoes for her little girl in Target she realised a range of the children's ballet flats had heels on them. She then went into Big W and noticed they too had similar heeled ballet flats for little girls.
From the Target website
From the Big W website starting from size 6 (for an 18 month old)Read more
Grand Theft Auto 5 fuelling the epidemic of violence against women, say survivors in petition signed by over 40,000 people.
[UPDATE] Target and Kmart have pulled the game from sale, will Big W do the same?Read more
Corporate offenders of 2013
The festive season is here. You only need to look at the latest shopping centre catalogues, online stores and even your facebook news feed to see that companies are working hard to compete for your Xmas dollar.
But lets not forget which of these companies have used sexploitation to flog their products in 2013! Before you buy gifts for friends and family, check our list. Vote with your dollar and boycott companies that have sexualised children and objectified women for profit in 2013.Read more
Melinda Tankard Reist in the Sunday Herald Sun Aug 19 2012
Also published at www.melindatankardreist.com
Last Friday, Ana Amini, a Port Macquarie mother and primary school teacher, posted a few lines on Target’s Facebook page lamenting the lack of age-appropriate, non-sexualised clothing for her daughter,8. She said they had lost her as a customer.
Six days later the comment had attracted more than 72,000 ‘likes,’ and drawn thousands of responses from others concerned about scaled-down versions of adult fashion for girls.
Target has found itself at the centre of controversy after a Port Macquarie mother posted this comment on its Facebook page:
Dear Target,Read more
One step at a time, we are changing the culture
It is always encouraging to hear from members who say they have been inspired by Collective Shout and are now taking action in their own community. We heard from one such member recently, who left this comment on our blog post about Roger David and City Beach selling degrading t-shirts. In his comment, Ben said he sent the following email to those who introduced him to Collective Shout:Read more