Author: Libby Belle
I am currently in the process of shrinking and laminating my birth certificate so that it’s easier to carry and show next time I need to use a public bathroom.
If you don’t know, there are several states whose legislators have drawn up bills that would require individuals to use the bathroom according to the gender given them at birth. I think.
Honestly, it’s hard to find details on these bills. I’ve tried several times. Perhaps I haven’t tried hard enough or, perhaps, deep down, I just know I have better things to do. Like, cleaning my own uni-sex bathroom.
As far as I can tell, the bathroom bills appear to be premature and with no basis. As ridiculous as it appears these so-called “bathroom bills” are, I do believe that they uncovered what is now a real problem in our society .
In fact, you could say that, in creating laws to solve a problem that hasn’t occurred yet, these legislators have actually created the problem that they were trying to prevent. Phew! Did that make any sense?
I like what Charles Krauthammer said best, “It’s a solution looking for a problem.”
Well, I think the solution found its’ problem.
As a result of these bills, American politicians, entertainers and companies like Target and Paypal are now speaking out in support of letting people use public bathrooms and dressing rooms according to the gender by which they emotionally identify.
By speaking out in support of gender fluid bathrooms, they have solidified and fueled the fears that many in this country didn’t even know existed three months ago. There is now a group of people in this country (I venture to say more than half in reading the comment section on every news story) who are scared of what a lax bathroom/dressing room protocol could lead to because they don’t want their daughters/mothers/grandmothers or themselves to feel threatened in a place where they are vulnerable.
The response from the potty-for-all folks?
To infer or flat-out call these frightened people closed-minded and bigoted. This is the response from the side who has deemed themselves the sympathetic, compassionate, open-minded ones supposedly standing up against bigotry. Again, I need a list of acceptable bigotry.
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