While some of the more extreme measures to come out of this issue are outrageous (like the suggestion in Florida that access to bathrooms be based on chromosomes) they are just another example of the very real harm that the transgender movement has caused for transsexuals.
No, the ones who are really obsessed with bathrooms are the transgender kooks themselves. The men in dresses like Mr. "Autumn" Sandeen, Mr. "Cristan" Williams, Mr. "Dana" Taylor, and others too numerous to mention.
When I first transitioned over 20 years ago (24 to be precise) I took a very careful approach to the "bathroom issue." I did not do what is now seen as the "norm" and charge into the women's room, with total disregard for the feelings of other women. I started out cautiously, at first seeking out toilets that were less likely to be crowded. I was very aware of how people reacted to me, and as it became clear that I was not causing a disturbance, I became more confident in my visits.
What I didn't do, was assert an absolute right to be present in women's space, and certainly not in a place where nudity would be an issue. Now, the transgender kooks expect women to not even object to pre-ops (not really an issue if the person is a true transsexual) and, more to the point, transgender people who belong to the "They'll take my penis when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers" club, walking into showers and locker rooms with their manhood flapping about for all to see.
The transgender community is obsessed with being able to enter any women's space, anytime, anywhere, regardless of their anatomy, appearance, or any problems it might cause. Anyone who objects is painted as the one with a problem. In short, they have created the situation that has led to extremists trying to pass laws that would not only affect transgender people (the vast, overwhelming majority of which will remain physically male to the day they die) but also transsexuals (far worse than any effect it might have on the men in dresses crowd) and even worse, those who are intersex or who have the condition known as complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (women who have XY chromosomes, but who are born physically female because their bodies do not react to testosterone).
A classic example of this sort of silliness is unfolding on Twitter, where Mr. Sandeen is attacking a transsexual woman for having the audacity to take the side of a woman who was booted from Planet Fitness because she had the courage to speak up about a man being in the women's locker room. In typical form, Mr. Sandeen, who mistakenly thinks I cannot read his tweets, goes after her for not adhering to the "party line."
Here is a link to an article my Gallus Mag, on which, Zoey Tur, the transsexual that Mr. Sandeen is attacking commented. Mr. Sandeen is just having a hissy fit because, well, Zoey spoke the truth:
So, as the nation deals with this confusing issue we’re going to have unfortuante situations like a woman having her membership revoked at Planet Fitness for complaining about a “man” in the women’s dressing room. The transgender person at the center of this controversy is a cross dresser that took advantage of Planet Fitness’ no discrimination policy to push the envelope at the gym. No hormones, no surgeries, no transition, just $12 leggings and a baggy sweatshirt. Not fair for anyone.Apologizes to the trans community, but situations like this invariably lead to well meaning fools taking action. Take for example anti-transgender bathroom laws being proposed, and even passed in progressive states, like Florida and Texas where I could face serious jail time for using the women’s room.
Interestingly enough, I had started working on this post before I discovered what Zoey wrote. It's nice to see that I am not the only one who sees this. What Zoey writes about is Mr. Sandeen's vision for America. He sees no problem with, and actually pushes for, men to have the right to invade women's spaces with their penises wagging about, ala Mr. "Colleen" Francis. I'm sure he will feel quite righteous when even post-op transsexuals are barred from the women's room in states like Texas and Florida. Sadly, he doesn't have the sense to see the damage he does.
Of course, being men, they want to hide behind the women, and push us out there as they fight for their right to invade our space. This obsession has, quite naturally, triggered a reaction, and now, an over-reaction from people at the opposite extreme. And neither side is remotely willing to accept a reasonable middle. And unless that happens, it will end very badly for those who are truly transsexual. Either we will face prosecution because we will be associated with kooks like Sandeen and Williams, or we, along with other women, will have to put up with men invading our private space, exposing their penises, and demanding that we "acknowledge" them as fully female.