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Battle of the Bathrooms

Lauren Haggar and Annalee Barnett

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A new battleground has emerged on school campuses all around the nation: the bathroom. During the Obama presidency, transgender bathrooms were made legal, however, just recently President Donald Trump rescinded some of these protections. Having transgender bathrooms in schools would hurt more than help, especially concerning public opinion, safety, and public sacrifice.

Under the Obama Administration, transgender students were allowed to use the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identities. Not only does the new administration disapprove of this law, hence them rescinding it, but Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued Obama in May of 2016, after the new policy was instituted. Other states who have also taken action against the law are Texas, Utah, Alabama, and Georgia. All of the states who have taken strong action against transgender bathroom laws believe that the decision should be up to the states.

In 2016, only 0.3 percent of the U.S. population identified as transgender and, according to a study by CBS News, 46 percent of Americans believe that people should use the bathroom that they are genetically assigned. Whereas only 41 percent believe that people should use the bathroom with the gender they identify with. Which means that the majority of the population would have to accommodate the 0.3 percent that identify as transgender. It is sacrificing the comfort of many to provide for the unconventional desire of a few. As a nation that constantly accommodates the minority, it is about time that people start paying attention and caring about the opinion of the majority.

When transgenders are able to use the bathroom of their chosen sex rather than their actual sex, what would stop a man from dressing like a woman just to enter a women’s bathroom and or locker room? Imagine being a parent and sending your little girl into a school where any man identifying as a woman could potentially assault or scar a young person for life. It is naive to think that these types of situations will not happen, because the possibility is very real.

According to DailyWire, “It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30 p.m. on Monday February 8. The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women’s locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said ‘the law has changed and I have a right to be here.’ Subsequent to this new rule, no one called the police on this man who reportedly came back a second time when young girls were changing into their swimsuits for swim practice.”

In a world where everyone is practically forced to be politically correct, in fear of offending someone, who would be comfortable calling out a person who they suspect is not truly transgender? The answer is no one. Today, in our society, not one person would dare to question another’s sexuality, for fear of repercussions and the connotations that would be associated with them. This main dilemma is what will breed the opportunities for the whole bathroom scenario to end tragically.

What many businesses and school districts are doing to deal with the situation are installing “community” bathrooms.  These are single bathrooms with a lock that are not specifically labeled man or woman, it is “gender neutral,” open to any gender. While this solution does solve many of the problems outlined above, it is a is band-aid solution that will fall apart at the seams despite its efforts to appease both sides of the argument.

What happens when a community bathroom is not enough? What happens when transgenders want to pick their respective locker rooms? If they want to be seen as a certain gender, male or female, then they will want to use the bathroom of their choice, not the community one. It defeats the goal that transgenders are striving for, to be seen as a specific gender. That means every non-transgender person out there who does not agree with changing your scientifically assigned gender will have to deal with being uncomfortable when they use the restroom. Here is where serious issues like perversion come into play.

To be quite frank, the solution isn’t simple, and in the end, some people will be happy and others will not. What America needs to be aware of  is that every person has a God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but not at the cost of making the majority of people feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

 

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