Knee jerk impulses and prejudices ran amuck in North Carolina this week as one of the worst transphobic “bathroom” bills was passed. If you live in North Carolina, or any geography that gets a similar law, here is a suggested act of civil disobedience.
North Carolina has adopted the latest transphobic law designed to keep transgender people from using the restroom facilities in which they feel most comfortable.
There is no logic behind passing this bill, or any of the similar bills being proposed around the country. In locations that have protections for transgender people there have been exactly… wait for it… NO cases of leverage by would be pedophiles or rapists. As one person on social media observed, there have been more senators arrested for inappropriate bathroom behavior than there have transgender people.
The legislation against this non-existent problem is even less logical. As soon as the North Carolina bill was passed, a number of fully transitioned transgender people flashed their pictures on Twitter and other social media all asking similar questions. Furry bearded men were asking if the North Carolina citizenry REALLY wanted them urinating next to their wives and daughters. Stylish and well adorned women were asking the same things about men’s room participants. (See below)
One radio show caller went on at length about how he did not want a man dangling his junk in the urinal next to his daughter in the women’s room. He was apparently unaware that this could never ever happen since women’s rooms are not equipped with urinals. That kind of logic would only occur to people thinking rationally about this however.
Tragically unjust, is the concept that these laws are somehow meant to protect “privacy.” Privacy should be a standard even in a same-gender environment, and in most facilities, that is the case. Privacy by definition should mean that another individual’s private body is protected in ALL public venues no matter who else is in them. The fact is, these laws are nothing but a grotesque invasion of privacy to the transgender people they target.
In my mind, if you are living in North Carolina, or anywhere such a bill gets passed, there is only one principled thing to do if you wish to fight this nonsense: enact civil disobedience until legal logic prevails.
It is pretty simple: Only walk in and use the restroom you are usually uncomfortable being in. For me as a cisgender male, if I were in North Carolina, that would be using the Women’s Room. Cisgender women who cared would be over using the Men’s Room.
If this proposal seems outlandish, or if it made you pause and think “He’s nust; Wow, I could never actually do that,” then you have some REAL soul searching to do:
That is exactly the discomfort being thrust upon transgender Americans.
Image: Flickr/Ted Eytan
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