Can’t we all just tinkle together?
Target’s recent decision to allow transgendered people to use the restroom of their choice has unleashed a tsunami of controversy that’s flooded the web, from Facebook to news stations like CNN and USA Today.
Many people oppose Target’s move to respect transgendered people’s rights to use the bathroom at their own discretion, while others argue that Target’s move is a step towards mainstream acceptance of transgendered people.
According to CNN, Target said that transgender customers are welcome to use whatever bathroom matches their gender identity, because “everyone deserves to feel like they belong” regardless of state legislatures that recently are pushing for proposals that would “force individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex listed on their birth certificate.”
Now, more than 700,000 people pledge to boycott Target over transgender bathroom policy, reads a USA Today headline as of April 27. The American Family Association’s petition states that Target’s move to affirm transgender rights puts women in danger, because “a man can simply say he ‘feels like a woman today’ and enter the women’s restroom.’”
Let’s examine this statement.
First off, the sentence says that a man will be able to use the women’s restroom. First of all, the female restroom will be for both cis women and trans women. The restrooms are still for women only—the sentence itself is transphobic by referring to a trans woman as a man.
The whole argument against transgendered people being able to use the restroom is rooted in age-old misconceptions, transphobia, and hysteria.
The Advocate writes that “There has never been a verifiable reported instance of a trans person harassing a cisgender person.” But wait! naysayers cry. I don’t dislike transgendered people, I’m worried about the perverts that will pretend to be transgendered in order to sneak into women’s bathrooms and attack!
The Advocate adds that there also have not been “any confirmed reports of male predators ‘pretending’ to be transgender to gain access to women’s spaces and commit crimes gaainst them.’”
With the storm of brewing controversy, it is far more likely for a trans person to be attacked for trying to use the restroom than it is for a cis woman to be attacked by a trans person in the restroom.
So far I can’t find a single argument against trans inclusion in restrooms that doesn’t reek of ignorance and misinformation.
If people would bother to properly educate themselves on transgendered people instead of falling back on ancient fears and judgements, we could all calmly sit down on the toilets, potty in peace, and get on with our day.
Honestly, no matter who is in the stall next to you or how they identify, none of it effects you. Regardless of your stallmates, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is you and the satisfaction of pressing the faucet to unleash a Royal Flush.