"This sort of objectification is not only harmful to the way girls think about themselves, it encourages boys to 'target' girls sexually; in other words, to objectify girls rather than treat them as whole people," said Michele St. Martin, editor of the Minnesota Womens Press. "As the parent of two young daughters, I find it disturbing that a hometown corporation like Target seems to feel that it's beneath them to respond to a parents' organization's legitimate questions."
She's referring to the reply Jussel got from Target HQ when she tried to speak to someone about her concerns: They wouldn't give her the time of day.
Thank you for contacting Target; unfortunately we are unable to respond to your inquiry because Target does not participate with non-traditional media outlets. This practice is in place to allow us to focus on publications that reach our core guest.
Target doesn't consider a parent concerned about advertising's effect on children as a "core guest"? And Target, touted as a forward-thinking revolutionizer of big-box retail, won't engage with smaller blogs?
Once again thank you for your interest, and have a nice day.
I've left a message with Target's media relations office to see if this hometown "non-traditional media outlet" will get a reply.
Update: I contacted Target media relations through the company's main corporate line: 1.800.440.0680. Before you speak, you'll be asked for your name, zip code, phone number and email address. They also have an online comment form.