Maybe I’m a little late to this topic, but I just don’t understand what is going on in North Carolina. I don’t understand the arguments.
Here’s a quote from the Washington Post article I just linked:
“Supporters say the new law protects all people from having to share bathrooms with people who make them feel unsafe.”
Do you know what a transgender person feels when they’re going to a public restroom? A little bit of stress, and an insatiable need to pee.
I just don’t get the big deal.
“But Brian!” cried the Strawman. “Laws enabling transgender people the use of bathrooms they identify with will allow predatory male rapists to go into women’s restrooms. Don’t you fear for the safety of your wife and daughter?”
If I thought the fear reasonable, then yes, I’d be concerned. But as far as I can tell, a predatory rapist isn’t concerned with entering a women’s restroom legally. A law preventing transgender men and women from entering a restroom isn’t going to stop a rapist.
The people in favor of laws like what North Carolina passed refer to the safety of women. These people don’t voice any concern over the safety of men. Not only because the whole attitude behind the notion is one of coddling and misogyny, but also, no one is really concerned with gay men raping men in the bathroom. We’re not concerned with it, because it isn’t a reasonable fear, because public bathroom are not where most of these attacks are taking place.
Here’s another link listing statistics on rape and attempted rape. It’s full of sad statistics, but there are silver linings. Rape, like other criminal activities in the U.S., is on the decline. And, when rape is occurring, it’s not being done by strangers, away from home. Which means the predatory rapist stalking bathrooms is infrequent enough to almost be mythological.
Yes, I’m sure it happens, and that is sad. But it is not happening enough to pass laws that discriminate against people that are already having a rough time.
Seriously, we should stop worrying for the sake of worrying, and just let people answer Nature’s Call wherever they feel most comfortable. I hope North Carolina, and other legislators emboldened or inspired by North Carolina’s efforts, come to their senses.