Restrooms Redux

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Gender for the most part is binary. There are some genetic mutations that will result in something other than XY (male) or XX (female) combinations. But these are rare.

Gender neutral restroom have existed for a long time. Some smaller businesses just create unisex restrooms with a locking door. A couple of these and the restroom situation is solved. More public facing institutions have “family” restrooms in addition to the traditional male/female pair. This too resolves the issues of restrooms. I’ve used these family/unisex restrooms myself when I didn’t feel like using the larger shared and crowded men’s room. It’s nice to get a little privacy now and again.

The problems arise between the transgender groups who want to use one restroom over another and conservative groups due to several false perceptions.

  • A transgender person is going to attack, rape, or otherwise assault a member of their new sex.

There is no case of this ever happening. And I don’t think it ever will happen. It is far more likely that the transgender individual will be assaulted when using the restroom associated with their birth gender. Which they fear may happen to them.

  • Transgender, transvestite, cross-dresser, drag queen, and transsexual are all the same.

This isn’t true at all. A cross-dresser, drag queen, and transvestite are indeed similar. But they are not the same as a transgender, transsexual person at all.

The first group, all share the commonality of dressing like the opposite sex. Including false breasts if a man is dressing like a woman. But at the end of the day they are still their birth gender and use the same restroom as their birth gender dictates. And do not think they belong to the other gender. It’s just a fancy dress-up party.

I have know a couple of cross-dressers that I have met through work. One did it only when going out to clubs. While the other one did dress-up all day long, even at work. They were both male who dressed as women. And they both used the men’s room because they were men.

A transgender or transsexual person believes that they have been wrongly born in the incorrect sex. And seek to change that through hormonal therapy, behavior modification, dress, and surgery. Including having their sex designations changed on official documentation such as their drivers licence and even their birth certificates.

  • People wont lie about being transgender to take advantage of “open” restroom policies in order to sexually prey on members of the opposite sex.

Not all the fallacies come from the conservative side. This one is not really addresses by the transgender side of the equation. And this is why men need to use the men’s room and women need to use the ladies room. These kinds of attacks have already happened with the start of this argument of needing gender neutral facilities.

But trans restrooms or even unisex/family restrooms should not be forced on businesses and institutions. In some there just isn’t the space for a third restroom. The cost of rerouting the plumbing and construction vs the small fraction of the population that is truly transgender just doesn’t justify that kind of cost in money, time, or manpower.

The Most Burning Issue Today!

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I have some good news, some bad news, and some worse news. The good news is we’ve taken care of all the major problems in America like poverty, starvation, and preventing Shia LaBeouf from doing another awful Transformers movie. The bad news is we’re left with insane issues like gender neutral bathrooms. The worse news? I was kidding about there being good news, and I’m completely serious about the bad news.

Due to a law passed in North Carolina prohibiting transgendered people from going into the bathrooms for the gender they self-identify with, we need to talk about gender neutral bathrooms as a political and social issue. (And by “talk” I mean “dissect and mock accordingly.”)

There are a couple of parts to the issue. The first is the concept of self-identification. (I plan to get into this concept in greater detail in a future Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week installment, but here’s a taste.) Self-identification is, well, self-explanatory, but there is an expectation for the rest of the world to honor your decision. For example, I self-identify as Brad Pitt. Of course, I’m not, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world can tell me I’m not under the current self-identification mindset.

But then a little thing called reality pimp-slaps you and you realize just because you think you’re something doesn’t make it so. You can wear more makeup than Tammy Faye Bakker at clown college and wear dresses, but if you’re packing an XY chromosome, you are male. You can also wear suits and cut your hair shorter than Paris Hilton’s attention span, but if you have an XX chromosome, you are female. It’s not oppression; it’s biology, kids.

So, the issue at hand is some people feel there should be gender neutral bathrooms so transgendered people don’t have to feel self-conscious by having to use the restroom associated with their actual gender. The problem with that is you can’t override biology no matter how you feel about it. You are the gender you are, and that’s that. Thank you for playing. Enjoy your lovely parting gifts. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

The other issue at hand is how North Carolina reacted to the possibility of perverts self-identifying as the gender of the objects of their desires. Not an unrealistic proposition by any stretch of the imagination because we live in a really weird time in society. The fact Nikki Minaj has a music career is a sign of that. But I have to wonder how much of an overreach this might be. The fear of a possible molestation is powerful, but is it a realistic possibility? Given how small a percentage of the population are transgendered and how small a percentage of the population are pedophiles, it’s hard to believe the Venn Diagram of the two is going to overlap that much. It’s a legislative solution for a problem that may not exist in great numbers, and it’s based on fear.

You know, like the fear ginned up by gun control advocates after every shooting?

Neither side of this debate is right, but there is a simple solution: unisex bathrooms with doors that lock from the inside. It strikes the right balance of security and privacy, and it doesn’t require government intervention.

But what do I know? I identify as Brad Pitt.