Friday, April 22, 2016
Here's What Happens When A Transgender Person Goes To The Bathroom
Here's what happens when a transgender person goes to the bathroom:
They go into an empty stall.
They do their business.
They wipe and flush.
They wash their hands (hopefully, for the doctor-recommended 30 seconds. Stay healthy y'all!)
They dry their hands (hopefully, not with one of those Dyson airblades).
They leave the bathroom.
This is all very difficult for Ted Cruz, and apparently, Republican state legislatures to understand:
For comparison, here's how a sexual predator dressed as a woman goes to the bathroom:
They lie in wait for a female to enter the bathroom.
They peek over top of the stall, or into it.
They shove the door open.
They grope, grab, force themselves on the woman.
They run when screams attract attention.
They do not wash their hands, certainly not with a Dyson airblade.
They're arrested when caught by police, or a good Samaritan, and charged accordingly.
No law on the books (or not on the books) allows these predators to get away with preying on women in bathrooms. If some predator thought the law would be on his side... well, they're going to discover that sexual assault, voyeurism, illegal detainment, and any number of other laws on the books exist to punish him for his crimes.
Then there is the very undeniable fact that there's no reason for a predator to dress up as a woman to assault a woman in a women's bathroom. It's not like that makes it any easier. Ben Roethlisberger wasn't wearing a dress when he did it. A man could attack a woman in the bathroom before North Carolina's bill, and they can do it after. It was illegal then, it's illegal now. A bill that says you need a vagina to be in the women's restroom isn't going to make a predator go, "Oh gee, I guess I won't be raping today!!"
Sure, a caught predator could claim to be transgender... but even if that were true, it wouldn't excuse any crimes committed while in the bathroom. It could also be easily refuted by any number of witnesses. Saying you're transgender isn't a get-out-of-jail-free card.
These "bathroom bills" don't keep anyone safe from predators, but they do make "pissing while transgender" into a criminal offense. If it's anyone at risk of sexual assault, it's the transgender person, part of a group that has often been abused and even murdered because of their orientation.
If you're really worried about protecting "your daughter," imagine what would happen to her if she was forced to use the men's bathroom.
That's what North Carolina's bill, and others like it, aim to do--to anyone born into a gender that their brain is not wired to be.