Women's 'Trophy' T-shirt is a 'fun wink,' says Target; will stay on store shelves


Target Corp. says it will continue to sell women's T-shirts with "Trophy" written across them, despite a huge backlash that erupted on social media over the past several days.

Critics say the shirt is demeaning to women and are collecting signatures to try to convince the store to drop the item, according to the Associated Press.

The Minneapolis-based retail giant released a statement Wednesday saying it didn't intend to offend anyone by selling the shirt, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports, but that it doesn't plan to remove it from store shelves.

The shirt is part of a collection of women's engagement and wedding shirts that also includes garments that say "Team Bride," "Mrs." and "Bride." It's sold in stores and online.

"These shirts are intended as a fun wink and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests," the company said in a statement, according to USA Today.

The petition on Change.org says the T-shirt perpetuates rape culture by suggesting "that women are merely objects, not humans, to be used for men's pleasure."

"The word trophy should not refer to any person, man or woman, because we are not THINGS- we are human beings," it continues. "Labeling any person as a 'Trophy' is demeaning their humanity and objectifying them as a tangible object that can be bought, used, and disposed of."

So far the petition has more than 13,000 signatures, with a goal of 15,000.

Here's a sampling of social media reaction to the story.

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