Pulls out my two cents to share…
I want to teach my daughter to take care of herself. I don’t want her to have the false sense of security that some laws tend to create.
Trust me… being a victim of date rape I want to teach my daughter how to stay safe.
Don’t go into dark alleyways, or quiet stairwells alone.
Don’t drink and expect your friends to keep you safe.
Be careful sharing your personal information.
Always notice your surroundings.
Take your time to developing trust.
Then how come I don’t care if a transgendered woman or girl uses my bathroom?
Because predators are everywhere and they come in all sizes, ages, shapes, genders, color, religion, and political party. They are monsters and they know where and how to find you.
Nobody wants a predator of any type in their restroom, or bus, or cafe, or…
Predators are in your kids school, church, and daycare. They work at the movie theaters and grocery stores. They are hiding in plain sight. Some are even in your own household and you are completely oblivious.
The first problem I have with the “bathroom bill” is how people are stereotyping transgenders as predators. This is ludicrous. You not understanding their life does not make them a predator, or a pervert, or indecent.
The second problem is one of compassion.
You have what looks like a woman (with a vagina) walking into a men’s bathroom because they had a penis a one point. Unless this NOW woman changes the sex on her birth certificate she can not legally walk into a women’s restroom. It is obvious how this puts the woman in danger.
Some will say “that is their choice”. Step back and think about how much money that person spent and how much backlash and judgement that person has had to endure. Fixing gender identity is a long and very hard process.
Why should we consider how people identify themselves? We are not only talking about adults here. We are also talking about young transgendered children. Do you know how many young adults struggle with gender identity? Here is just one story you can read and maybe this beautiful girl will help you see this issue differently.
The truth is there have been laws that prohibit us from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity for quite some time now. There is no evidence to suggest segregated bathrooms are safer than unisex bathrooms. In fact, there are laws (a false sense of security) protecting everyone from criminal activity that takes place in restrooms.
I heard the argument that we need to protect our girls. None of us wants our children to be traumatized by a man/woman exposing themselves. However, I have seen numerous men use the women’s restroom in the past and I have used theirs when the need arose and the purpose was always, literally, to use the restroom.
I will always and have always been cautious in public restrooms. Yes this might seem to make it easier for the bad stuff to happen but..
If we want to protect our children we need to watch them, not just our children but all children, and we need to watch the people co-existing around them better.