Magazine article The Humanist

Ban Cisgender White Men from Public Bathrooms: A Modest Proposal

Magazine article The Humanist

Ban Cisgender White Men from Public Bathrooms: A Modest Proposal

Article excerpt

With all the troubles in the world--radical Islamic terrorism, climate change, Donald Trump--it's good that the religious right is focused on the biggest existential threat to America: transgender women wanting to pee in women's bathrooms. If you've been following the recent crop of "bathroom bills" within the past few months, you'd think there's a huge epidemic of "men pretending to be women" entering into women's bathrooms to rape and assault women and children, even though, according to the Transgender Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and the American Civil Liberties Union, there's no statistical evidence that transgender people are committing sexual assault in public bathrooms. Of course this didn't prevent the American Family Association (AFA) from launching a campaign to boycott Target stores over the company's decision to allow women to pee in women's bathrooms.

On April 16, 2016, Target announced that trans women can use their women's bathrooms, and trans men can use men's bathrooms (it doesn't mention anything about nonbinary people like myself, so I assume it's okay if I still use the gender-neutral family/wheelchair accessible bathroom). According to a statement posted online:

   We believe that everyone--every
   team member, every guest, and every
   community--deserves to be
   protected from discrimination, and
   treated equally. Consistent with this
   belief, Target supports the federal
   Equality Act, which provides protections
   to LGBT individuals, and
   opposes action that enables discrimination.
   ... Everyone deserves
   to feel like they belong. And you'll
   always be accepted, respected and
   welcomed at Target.

The AFA responded with a call for all decent, God-fearing Christians to boycott Target. According to their website, the store's "dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters" by allowing men who claim to be women to go into women's bathrooms and do all sorts of nasty stuff. After all, the AFA asks in all its rhetorical rectitude, "with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?"

The AFA isn't the only organization that's doing their part to end the nonexistent epidemic of trans-bathroom rapists. According to a May 3 Huffington Post article, individual Christians in Illinois, Tennessee and Oregon were going into Target stores to preach the Bible and urge shoppers to repent for supporting evil. …

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