By STEVEN E. RHOADS
Media discussions of the North Carolina law requiring use of accommodations consistent with the sex on one’s birth certificate rarely mention that in many states one can alter one's birth certificate after sex reassignment surgery. Of course, those who have undergone hormonal and surgical treatment to make their bodies more congruent with their gender identity cause less commotion in locker rooms appropriate to their identity. But many transgender people do not want to "transition" fully or at all.
I sympathize with people who feel their biological sex is not who they are, but shouldn't we feel sympathy also for people traumatized by the sight of nude bodies that certainly appear to be in the wrong locker room? At one YMCA, a woman abused as a child told the Seattle Times that being seen in the shower by a transgender woman who hadn't surgically transitioned would reproduce the trauma she endured when her abuser enjoyed watching her in the shower.
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In practice, laws intended to allow transgendered people to use the facilities of the gender they identify with will protect heterosexual men who simply like to expose themselves or look at nude girls and women. For a case that illustrates this danger, and the difficulties of formulating policy on transgender issues, consider what happened at a Seattle public swimming pool in February. A young adult male in men's clothes used the women's changing room before and after his swim, and he did not self-identify as female. Since girls' swim teams had practices on both ends of the man's swim, girls and women were undressing while he was in the changing room. Naturally, the girls and their parents became alarmed.
When staff asked the man to leave before he entered the pool, he replied, "the law has changed and I have a right to be here." After all, Washington state allows people who are biologically male to use women's facilities—if their gender identity is female. Staff again asked the man to leave when he was changing after his swim. He resisted at first, but eventually did so. But did those in charge of the pool have the legal right to challenge him?
Seattle Parks and Recreation communications manager David Takami thought his authorities dealt with the situation appropriately. Pool staff had not yet come up with a policy to protect everyone, and they did not have any guidelines in place for how people should demonstrate their gender before accessing a changing room. Instead, staff relied on people's physical appearance or verbal claims, and by neither standard did this man seem to be a transgender woman.
But surely proponents of transgender rights would object to any requirement that transgender persons report their gender identity to authorities before using their preferred facilities. Mandating that they verbally single themselves out in this way could cause embarrassment to many transgender people.
And we could hardly rely on individuals' physical appearance. As feminists and other progressives have been telling us for decades, women who resist pressure to dress and present themselves in a stereotypically feminine way are nonetheless women in every sense of the word. It can be impossible to guess the gender identity of someone who is biologically female but mannish in appearance.
Some may suggest protocols allowing only transgender people who have pursued hormone treatment and/or surgery to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with. That wouldn't fly because so many transsexuals want to do neither.
The folks at the Seattle pool tried to take everyone's feelings into account. They offered the use of the family changing area to both the women who complained about the male in their locker room and the male himself. I would guess that, in the typical case, the family changing area would be too small to accommodate all the offended girls and women. But in any event, it was only the male who was pressured to leave the women's changing room. If he had been in fact a transgendered female, the authorities at the pool broke Washington's rules. State regulations forbid treating the feelings of transgender people and alarmed women equally: "If another person expresses concern or discomfort about a person who uses a facility that is consistent with the person's gender expression or gender identity, the person expressing discomfort should be directed to a separate or gender-neutral facility, if available."
What fantastic insanity has overcome the western world. So afraid of slighting a man dressed as a woman, we completely ignore the rights and feelings of normal women and children, and open the door to abuse by perverts like the one mentioned above. He is one of many such perverts who prey on women and children with the full complicity of state law.
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No consideration is given to the girls and women who have been sexually abused by men. Roughly one third of all North American women have been sexually abused. They are being thrown to the wolves for the sake of not hurting the feelings of a handful of mentally ill men suffering from either pedophilia, or gender dysphoria.