The bathroom battle: what am I missing?

Transgender female

Transgender female

Scenario 1: A transgender woman – who looks female – enters a women’s room. Nobody notices.

Scenario 2: A transgender male – who looks male – enters a women’s room. The women there freak out.

Transgender male

Transgender male

The controversial North Carolina law requires Scenario 2. That is, using the bathroom of your birth certificate gender. Transgender males must use the girls’ room. How in God’s name does this protect the women who use it? Or prevent freak-outs? Doesn’t it do exactly the opposite?

So why the law? Because some people freak out at the very idea of changing one’s sex. They’re totally confuzzled and put off by it. Trying to find some way to vent this feeling, they came up with the bathroom law. Which actually, if enforced, would do the opposite of what they profess to want. That is how confused these people are.

Unknown-1Of course it can’t be enforced. Will they post guards by toilets to check birth certificates? If men’s rooms are used by people who look male, and women’s rooms by those who look female, how will anybody know there’s a problem?

And of course there never was one. Transgender people are a fraction of one percent of the population, and before this nonsense blew up, nobody ever noticed anything amiss in our restrooms. Besides, women do their business there privately, in stalls; and in men’s rooms guys mind their own business too. In literally thousands of visits I can’t recall ever seeing a penis not my own.

The law’s proponents might say they’re worried about men putting on dresses to go into women’s rooms to molest females. Do we know of a single case of this? (Molesting anyone was always illegal.) And what does it have to do with transgender anyway? Unknown-2Transgender women are not men wearing dresses. They are women.

Admittedly some rare individuals are in-between, mostly in a transition process. But surely it makes sense for them to use whichever facility they prefer at the time.

This is merely the latest example of a typical American phenomenon – periodically getting all worked up over a totally trivial, meaningless issue. A nation facing huge fiscal and economic challenges, huge overseas challenges, huge environmental challenges, is arguing instead about who can use what bathroom.


2 Responses to “The bathroom battle: what am I missing?”

  1. georgiakevin Says:

    This law and laws like this are not about protecting women but are a smoke screen to cover up the massive screw ups that these lawmakers have done in their state governments running their states. Once again the American public are distracted by a non-issue at best, a harmful issue to vulnerable fragile people at worst to distort what the real issues are. Bad governing at the state level is rampant in areas like road infrastructure, supporting public education and budget management to name just a few areas where they have let their voters down. These are con men and women who with just one written law have created a mirage to hide behind. These are “law makers” who have no shame. “And Lady Liberty wept!”

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Good points all. The only thing is in a school situation, say junior high or grammar school, these “differences” are not that obvious. Add to that the fact that some of the kids have parents who are not completely supportive and peer pressures in all kinds of confusing directions. In any event, I see your point in most public situations but schools are more difficult.

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