No, I am not talking about the popular series on HBO, which I have never watched, but about a, well, a different sort of, uh...throne. Yes, it is time to take another look at the goal that the transgender kooks obsess over....yes, that sort of throne.
Between a bit over the top reaction by a lawmaker in Arizona, and the case of a child in Massachusetts who claims to be a girl, in spite of having been born male, and who wants to use the girls bathroom, bathrooms, we have scores of men who want to invade the one reserved for women back in the news.
So, let's take a rational look at the issue....
The first question has to be, is there a valid rationale for having sex-segregated restrooms? The obvious answer is, of course, a resounding YES! Both men and women are extremely uncomfortable at the idea of sharing the intimacy of the bathroom. While some will try to argue that this is an archaic idea, born of sex-based discrimination, designed to keep women in their place, the simple response is "poppycock!" Yes, a bit of research, where I was trying to find out what the history of sex-segregated bathrooms is, led to a number of law journal articles where some left-wing kook was trying to argue that sex-segregated bathrooms were discriminatory, and not because of the "transgender" issue, but simply on the face of it. None were remotely persuasive, and they all were just obvious attempts at academic silliness.
So, given that sex-segregated restrooms are legitimate and justified, the question arises as to what exceptions should exist to such a rule? That is, when should a person be able to enter a bathroom that does not match their physical sex? Of course, some exceptions are obvious, such as entry by law enforcement and other public safety officials in an emergency. And traditionally exceptions are made for very young children accompanying a parent of the opposite sex. But what other exceptions should exist? As best I recall, the last time I went in a men's room was to help a friend, who was male, and who was confined to a wheelchair. It was in a gas station/convenience store. It felt a bit weird, but it was one of those situations where there was really not a choice, since the bathroom was not equipped for a person who was disabled. Some places now offer facilities for just such situations, but that was not the case here.
So, that brings us to the heart of the matter...what about "transgender people" and what is truly a separate issue, those who are legitimate transsexuals during the Real LIfe Test? Let's start with the transgender crowd. Ideally, they should use the bathroom that matches their physical sex. Of course, I can already hear the screams of "transphobia!!!!" Poppycock. There is simply no rational basis for them to claim that changing clothes gives them the right to violate bathroom rules. And that, quite frankly, is what they are demanding. That the simple act of changing clothes, or theoretically, simply making the assertion that they "feel like the opposite sex" would eliminate any barriers to them using the wrong restroom. Of course, they try to hide all this behind euphemisms like "trans women" and such. But for the vast, overwhelming majority of transgender people, they are simply demanding exactly this. And they are demanding it, irregardless of the feelings of those legitimately in the rest room. If a man, with a heavy beard shadow, and clearly male features, puts on a dress, we are told, he has the right to swagger his way into the ladies room, no matter how upsetting it is. Oh, we are told, he is not really a threat, as he is a "trans woman."
And this brings us to one of the favorite tactics of both sides of the debate...the topic of male predators in the women's room. While this is a legitimate issue, it really should not be the primary one for either side, as both sides have weak arguments. Both the radical RIght, and radical feminists tend to rightfully point out that giving into to the demands of the transgender extremist would open women's restrooms up to the presence of predators. This, quite frankly, is quite true. But, so far it has proven to be a relatively rare issue. We have had cases like the one in Texas where a registered sex offender was found to be, or at least claimed, to be, a transgender person in transition. Having such a person in a women's rest room is outrageous. And then there is the well known pervert "Colleen" Francis who was exposing his privates in a women's sauna in Oregon. He didn't even have the decency to try to be discrete.
Now, the problem here is, the transgender extremists are not asking for the right to discretely use the rest room that matches their, uh, gender expression. They are demanding the right to force their way into the ladies room, with all those present being fully aware that this person is a "trans woman." They don't want discretion, they demand full license. And worse, they now want to go beyond the bathroom and to indiscreetly invade places like showers, locker rooms. sauna. spas, etc., where nudity is common, and women will be forced to share space with naked males. Said women are, of course, supposed to fully accept these naked men as "transwomen."
The sad thing is, for years, we had a workable compromise that, while not perfect, was pretty much acceptable. If you were passable, you could pretty much take advantage of that, and discretely use the bathroom. This, in fact, is still the model that, by and large, works for transgender women (i.e FTMs who are no hormones but have no intention of having surgery). As long as one is discrete, i.e. you are not making sure that everyone knows your history either by telling, or by obvious behavior. and you don't do anything stupid, you were allowed, and even, I suppose, welcome in the bathroom opposite your sex. But again, that is not good enough for the transgender extremists. Like in the Colorado case, the child, who has a clearly male name (have you every heard of a girl named Coy?) everyone has to have their nose rubbed in it.
And you have to love the insane arguments that the transgender extremists come up with. One of my favorites is the specter of "trans men" in the ladies room. The only problem is, that is absurd. After a bit of testosterone, they can enter the men's room with no problem, and there is no need for them to be "forced" into the ladies room. No, the problem is, and remains, men, who look like men, invading the women's room and forcing themselves on those who belong there.
You also have to love the way the transgender kooks cannot seem to even try to muster empathy for those they claim to be "just like." They think that women, who might be offended by their presence in the women's room, should "just get over it." In another words, typical male behavior and attitude, on full display, and they wonder why people have a problem. Alas, it is so obvious sometimes that kooks like "Autumn" Sandeen, and "Cristan" Williams are simply delusional men, it is almost funny. The only "women" they have anything in common with are their fellow transvestites.
It should also be noted that claims of discrimination, and being forbidden the right to use the bathroom are totally bogus. What is being denied is a license to invade a place they don't belong where they would cause discomfort to those who have a right to be there. In fact, what they are demanding is, in and of itself, discriminatory. They are not being told they cannot use the restroom, just that they have to take responsibility for their behavior and face the consequences. They can either choose to not go out dressed en femme if they fear going into the men's room, or they can "man up" and face what awaits them. They are also, as they point out to the women whose rest rooms they would invade, still protected by laws against assault.
So, this brings us back to the central question. How should this situation be dealt with for those who are possibly legitimately transsexual, and in the process of the Real Life Test? The answer, as I have suggested before, is simple. It is the same answer that has existed for some time. Once a person is ready, in consultation with a qualified therapist, to consider living full time in their target sex, they would be issued a statement that would allow them to access the appropriate rest room. If someone is challenged, and they cannot show such documentation, they would be subject to whatever penalties the local law provides. Any therapist caught issuing statements inappropriately would be subject to sanctions.
I realize that such an approach would not go over well with the transgender extremists, who demand unfettered access. And it would probably not go over well with the radical feminists who claim that there is no such thing as a "legitimate transsexual." And I am sure that extremist conservatives would also blanch at the idea. Which probably means that my idea is a good compromise.