Roughly three in a thousand people identify as transgender. While ISIS rapes women and throws gays off of rooftops, progressives are all wee-weed up over transgender bathroom oppression.
How did public restrooms suddenly become oppressive? In part, it’s the fault of conservatives, who take the bait and pass unnecessary laws that codify social norms, thereby turning mainstream assumptions into legal issues that the left can use to generate outrage. Democrats couldn’t be happier about the laws in North Carolina and Mississippi; these statutes have energized their base more than Hillary ever will.
More importantly, bathrooms became oppressive because progressives decided that anyone who considers himself or herself (or itself) abnormal is part of a new and fashionable voting bloc. The State, which once existed to secure the rights of individuals from government oppression, has taken as its new role the enforcement of universal acceptance for social misfits.
Hence, social justice – and fully grown infants rocking purple hair.
A quick aside: As a libertarian, I hate public bathrooms, and all public things, almost as much as I hate government intervention into people’s personal lives. (A friend recently told me that a trip to the DMV strengthened his libertarian convictions.) But I feel compelled to point out one thing – no one owes anyone else “acceptance” for any reason at all. Once we start to police emotions, we’re officially a totalitarian regime.
If I dislike you because you smell like cabbage, the government has no right to change my mind. It only becomes a legal issue if I decide to initiate physical force against you. The government exists to protect people from force, not from feelings, or social norms – which are really just feelings held by a lot of people.
Back to restroom facilities. If you were born male but really think you’re a woman, it wouldn’t hurt to look the part. Few people would stop a post-op Caitlin Jenner from walking into a ladies’ stall. But what will happen when a sexual predator casually walks into the little girls’ room, and bystanders are too afraid of being labeled “intolerant” to report it? The fact that few progressives seem to care about this valid concern is proof that their ideology is actually a pathology that destroys common sense.
As stated above, laws are superfluous here – the only viable strategy in these types of situations is to respect private property. Let Target declare its own bathroom policy and the restaurant down the street declare another. If bathrooms are such a big deal, the places that get it wrong will go out of business; if they’re not a big deal, then life will go on and people will forget this non-issue.
In fact, Target declared a “trans-friendly” policy – absolutely anyone may use either bathroom – and it’s now faced with a boycott by 700,000 people. Consumers are voting with their wallets, and apparently a lot of people don’t like the idea of turning bathrooms into judgment-free safe spaces at the possible expense of children’s safety.
As long as there are government-operated restrooms, such as those located on highway stops, there will be no happy solution. As with the problem of what teachers should tell children about social values or God, consensus among all taxpayers is impossible. Publicly owned bathrooms should be sold to private companies, who would do a better job maintaining them and at responding to consumers’ bathroom preferences.
The root of the issue, of course, has nothing to do with bathrooms. Progressives will pounce on any opportunity to tear down traditional norms, replacing them with victim-centered, totalitarian thought-policing. Because most traditional norms have their roots in human nature and are not arbitrary social constructs (even Russia has male/female bathrooms), the left will never achieve its ideal society. At best, it will succeed in destroying Western culture in the medium term and, in the long term, ceding control of civilization to foreign barbarians.
None of the above implies that transgender people do not exist, or that they have no rights. Science indicates that transgender identity disorder can be traced to abnormalities in the hypothalamus. Yet these exceptions do not justify attempts to redefine gender as a social construct or to obliterate our understanding of gender as a binary system. Progressives love lecturing people about evolution – a phenomenon that took place only because males and females have mated with each other for millions of years.
In fact, the existence of transgender people is proof that gender identity is not a social construct. If it were, then how could we possibly have people claiming that they were born into the wrong body? How can something be a social construct when members of our newest victim class are confirming that it is an immutable fact of biology – and clamoring to align themselves with it?
Could it be that progressives, with their disdain for the common sense of ordinary people, also have science and human nature entirely wrong?