October 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Thinking about the bathroom access objections to transgender rights- the idea that men would suddenly dress as women to access womens bathrooms and commit sexual assault.
One, there’s precious little evidence this happens often. I wouldn’t be shocked if it has, somewhere, but it’s clearly not remotely common. If it was, I’d expect long lists of incidents to at least occasionally accompany said complaints. It would be the most obvious piece of supporting evidence ever, but where is it? No idea.
Two- If a man is such a crappy person that they would impersonate a woman for the purposes of sexual assault of actual women*… Would “You’re not allowed to use this bathroom” really stop them? Maybe they’d spend a few more minutes on their makeup so they pass more easily, but that’s about it. You cost them a couple bucks and five minutes of time but don’t actually protect women. And, oh, you encourage them to work harder on passing, and I really fail to see how making rapists harder to spot could ever possibly help in stopping them**.
If the time and money you cost them is that big a deal, why don’t you, oh, I don’t know, actually prosecute rapists and send them to prison for a decent amount of time? That actually stands a chance of helping.
Making this argument insincerely makes you a bigot. Making it sincerely makes you a moron(and probably a bigot too).
*- “Actual women” should be read as inclusive of transwomen.
**- This does sound iffy to me on reading it back, that I’m sort of throwing transwomen under the bus with the hypothetical asshole impersonating a woman, that they should make it easy for others to identify them. This is not my intent, my intent is to show the fractal wrongness of the bathroom argument by countering it from somewhat different angles, even some that start from a problematic spot. I hope the surrounding context actually renders this footnote unnecessary, if not, I apologize.