I feel as if the world around me is suffering from some undiagnosed, contagious mental illness, and the few of us trying not to contract it are being screamed at for not wanting to suffer, too. Yes, I’m talking about the transgender bathroom hysteria. Let’s get this out of the way right now: This is NOT about transgendered people using the restroom of their choice. To my knowledge, they’ve been doing just that for years and years with no problems. The number of transgendered people is so low that the chances that I’ve actually been in the bathroom at the same time as one of them are astronomically low. But if I was, I had no idea and it doesn’t bother me to think that I may have, at some point, shared a bathroom with a transgendered person. That’s not why America’s mothers and fathers are up in arms. I think most of us feel compassion for people who have issues and who just want to use a bathroom that seems most comfortable to them. I don’t hear anyone arguing that a man who lives as a woman should never be able to use a ladies’ room, or should be expected to march into the men’s room in full makeup.
How difficult would it have been to just continue not asking and not telling? The push to now say that all men, regardless of their lifestyle, can just use the ladies’ room if they feel like it, and any woman or man who objects is a hate-filled bigot, is a DAMNED MENTAL ILLNESS. It is an illness I will not be subscribing to. Department stores declaring that men can go into any dressing room or bathroom they want to is a damned disaster of Titanic proportions and when the raping, robbing, and murdering commence, the illness will be miraculously cured. Americans will revolt and start taking matters into their own hands (the inevitable end to this madness). And read this properly, idiots: no one said “transgendered people will start raping and robbing and murdering women.” What will happen is rapists, robbers, and murderers will now use these stupid social justice rules as a means to do their favorite activity: preying on women and children. NO ONE is scared of transgendered people.
Further, these stupid new rules are endangering those transgendered people, too. You would think that the transgendered community as a whole would not want to take part in this erasure of barriers. The reason transgendered people want to use the bathroom of their choice is to avoid the opposite sex, am I right? So now, they can’t anymore, either! Now, a transgendered woman may have to get undressed in front of a Joe Sixpack who wants to take photos on his phone to upload to some porn channel somewhere. Great. Now we all suffer.
The most disturbing thing about all of this is the push on social media (by people I actually know) to try to publicly shame and ridicule anyone who isn’t signing onto the latest stupid idea-of-the-month and giving their consent to be violated in traditionally safe spaces for women. (Not to be confused with the collegiate “safe spaces” where grown humans go to cry and blubber over “offensive” Halloween costumes.) Just yesterday a woman berated my mother on Facebook for daring to suggest she would not shop at Target anymore because of their latest PR disaster of a bathroom/dressing room policy that endangers women and children while seeking to gratify .01% (or less) of the population. To quote, she said, “Your backwards opinions on this issue are no longer tolerated in the public square and you should not be surprised when you face retaliation for your hatred and bigotry.”
This was said to a 70-year-old woman who no longer feels safe going to a place where the management has told her they won’t keep men out of women’s changing rooms or bathrooms. Are you kidding me? Let’s forget for a moment that this unstable Facebook poster is actually related to us by marriage, but she is also empowered enough to say such vile things to a woman who has never hated anyone in her life. I’m at the end of my rope with this. I’ve had it. This is America? (Also, hilariously, after insulting and berating my mother in no fewer than ten posts she signed off with #stopthehate. Seriously.)
Our education system has failed us if people can make it through high school and still not understand what the First Amendment is or why it’s important or that a guy with a penis really shouldn’t be in the ladies’ room! Further, when college students think it’s okay for a short white guy to claim he’s a 6′ tall Asian, we are clearly all doomed to live in an asylum run by the inmates.