I got an idea to make an occassional "Why I'd rather live in Texas" blog entry just so that the poor, unfortunate non-Texans can see what they're missing. In fact, I already have an idea for an inaugural post!
In this story, we see that New York subway system is going to allow transgendered people (usually known as "cross-dressers") to use bathrooms designated for the opposite gender.
Well, the opposite gender of the body that they happen to be born into, that is. The man in the article feels that he is "a woman trapped in a man's body" - so therefore, by going to the ladies' bathroom, he's only going to the bathroom that coincides with the gender that he feels himself to be.
The way the judges see it, they are only helping the transgendered community to feel more welcome in the community at large, but what about the women who are going to be very uncomfortable with men coming into their bathrooms? Don't their feelings count? Shouldn't the input of women have been sought out first before this court decision was handed down? This decision is going to affect how women conduct themselves in public, and it was forced down their throat.
I thought that the advent of feminism was supposed to put a stop to this sort of legal heavy-handedness at the expense of women, but apparently not. The way I see it, one small group of people is being made to feel less comfortable at the expense of the comfort of a whole lot of other people.
And one woman in the story voiced the very thought that popped in my head; namely that heterosexual male sexual predators can now dress as women and lurk in women's bathrooms by calling themselves "transgendered". So right there, you see how this law can be exploited to the benefit of sexual predators. We should be making things harder for sexual predators, not easier.
And last, this idea of letting transgendered folks use the bathrooms "suited to their inner gender" only invites more lawsuits down the road. Women are going to sue. That's not a prediction, that's a fact. And I don't blame them one bit.
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