This “issue” is nothing short of annoying. I have no problem with people that have an opinion different than mine. As a matter of fact, in most cases, I grow as a person more when I discuss things with people of a different mindset, because whether I agree or not, I can always gain some sort of new insight or understanding. Unfortunately, on this issue, I have yet to see or hear one reasonable and honest explaination for what the real issue is. I suspect that is because there are only two types of people that are actually have an issue with this, and they are both lying… either to the public… or themselves.
The people that are lying to themselves, are those that have adopted an opinon from what they deem a credible “source” and run with that idea without actually thinking it through. They got their justification,no matter how flimsy, and that is good enough for them.
It is the second group of people that I have the biggest problem with, and that is problem I have with the people that are lying to everyone else. Theses are the people that are transgender phobic, and/or more generally homophobic. They don’t however, acknowledge that fact. They don’t have the nerve to just come out and admit that. Rather they come up with other excuses, and prey on people’s fears.
Let’s deconstruct the most commonly used “justification” on this issue. The “molester in the bathroom”
We can start with the fact that this is a public facility (since obviously if it were a private one there is nothing to discuss). A heterosexual male is going to dress up like a woman, walk into a bathroom and do what exactly? Unless I am grossly mistaken, a woman does not go into the ladies room and immediately strip down for everyone to see, so the “Peeping Tom” angle is not an issue. So, rather they are going to just stand there, rather conspicuously, waiting to find an target, that is going to stroll in, what, at the precise moment that there is nobody else in the facility, grab and attack and rape her because he is certain that nobody else is going to walk into the ladies room while this is occurring? Really? No, such a person is not going to do it where they would automatically get caught.
This of course gets followed up with, what if it is in a place that is somewhat desolate where there aren’t many other people around? Well, then he wouldn’t need to dress up now would he. He could simply wait outside and wait for a victim to enter and follow them in. No need for an elaborate disguise that would only hinder his escape afterwards. So, this is not applicable.
I have heard, well, it is such a small percentage of the population, why bother? The fact that it is such a small part of the population is precisely why it matters. History has shown that if you are concerned with violence in a bathroom that involves someone that is transgendered, it would be the transgendered person that is being attacked, So essentially, they don’t want a transgender to use the bathroom of the sex they identify with, and they don’t want them in their bathroom either.
Oh. Now we are getting to the heart of the matter. They don’t want “those people” at all. You will hear phrases like “sick,” “disgusting,” and “wrong.” (Among others, including some that are rather vile) So, what is really the issue? It isn’t the fear of molesters, we know that is not viable. It is at ts very core, what I said in the beginning. It is transphobia, or homophobia. (If someone has a valid explanation outside of this, please share, because as I said, I am always willing to learn new facts and hear honest opinions) But these same people don’t want to look like they are afraid of “a fag,” so instead they come up with an irrational explanation that can incite and exploit fear. Because at the end of the day, they don’t have the balls to admit the truth.