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A proposed amendment to California law would allow boys to shower with girls.
No on AB-1266
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Sometimes, the "ish" in legislation isn't contained in hundreds of pages of BS legalese. Sometimes it's written in plain English, clear as day, even twice on the same page! A proposed amendment to California law would allow boys to shower with girls. It would also allow them to use the girls' restrooms and be on the girls' sports teams. And vice versa. My first question when I heard about this was "What the hell are you people thinking?" Then it dawned on me: you can't be thinking and be the author of this crazy amendment in the same conversation.
The people of California have elected some mind-blowingly stupid people to its legislature. At least that's what you would think if you read AB-1266. I mean, there are some stupid laws at both the state and federal levels, from both sides of the aisle. Stupidity is non-partisan. And then' there are pieces of legislation that are about 15 minutes past, "What the $#%^?"
Whenever I wonder, "How stupid do [legislators/politicians] think we are?" I quickly realize the answer is obvious. We claim we hate them, but then we put them back in office at a rate of more than 90%, repeatedly! When will we say enough with the stupid? Sadly, not any time soon, I suspect.
But I digress. Stupid legislation for $1000, Alex? What is AB-1266? If approved, it would eliminate "sex segregation" in California public schools.
Are you wondering what exactly "sex segregation" is? Essentially, it's segregating students by gender. In simple terms, girls are on the girls' teams, the boys are on the boys' teams, and girls and boys use separate lockers, showers and restrooms.
This amendment aims to eliminate discrimination in schools based on the sex of the child. Fine, except that we already have laws on the books for that. This amendment extends it to extracurricular sports, activities and, locker rooms. Yes, you read right. "This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, and activities, and facilities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records." [Emphasis mine.]
Were this amendment to pass, boys would be allowed to use the facilities of the gender with which they "identify". Translation: If a boy "identifies as a girl", guess which locker room and showers he's allowed to use? You got it! The girls!
So, with no discussion, with no substantiation of any kind, if a boy says, "I feel like I'm a girl trapped in a boy's body", he gets to use the girls' locker rooms and showers.
I don't even know where to begin! Let's start with gender. When I was an adolescent, I had no idea what gender identity was. I knew the difference between boys and girls and that was it. I was a girl, end of conversation. I thought boys were yucky. I certainly wouldn't have wanted them changing or showering with me, or even using the same rest rooms.
When I was a kid, nobody questioned whether they were in the right body or not. When they're young, kids are trying to figure out who they are in general, never mind matching their "internal" gender with their external body. Why is this even an issue?
Boys go in the boys' locker room and girls go to the girls' locker room. Period. Isn't that common sense? I mean, I realize common sense died years ago but seriously'
Let's go back to what the hell you're thinking to even pen this amendment? Does anybody who's laid their eyes on this have daughters? Do they want their daughters dressing in the same locker rooms with boys? Or showering with them? Or vice versa? I'm going to go out on a limb and say no.
Not to mention the idea that parents would have no say in their sons' or daughters' rights to privacy? What if girls are uncomfortable with a boy who "identifies as a girl" sharing lockers and facilities with them? Too damn bad for them, the feelings of a single person are more important than the comfort of the girls? Really?
If girls want to try out for the football team or do a job "traditionally" done by men, have at it. If boys want to try out for the volleyball team or are interested in nursing, awesome. Go for it! But showering with the girls or dressing with the guys? I think not!
Unfortunately, this law is ripe for exploitation. When boys suddenly decide they "identify as girls", knowing that they don't have to prove a thing, what then? Is it just me or does that scream "lawsuit waiting to happen". Honestly, not just parents but Californians should be livid over this! Hell, I am and I'm nowhere near California. I do, however, employ common sense.
When I first heard about this, I read the legislation. It's a single page. Then I re-read it because I couldn't believe anyone would even waste their time on something like this. If I was a California parent, I'd be on the phone to everybody I could think of and news of this would spread faster than a wildfire!
Honestly, some laws are dumb or unnecessary. There are some laws that are absurd or make one wonder what planet the author lives on and if there really is an alternate universe. Then there are some that just make a person go, "hhhhmmm'.what the $#%@ were you THINKING?" AB-1266 is one of those.
AB-1266 needs to be publicized widely, especially in California, so it does NOT become part of the state's laws regarding public education. It's far easier to stop something from becoming law than it is to repeal it after you find out about it because your child comes home and tells you that a boy thinks he's really a girl and so he gets to go to the bathroom, change and shower with her. I mean, really, what could possibly go wrong here? I'm thinking just about everything!
Jill Jankoski, : Although she was born in Kentucky and raised in Wisconsin and Maine, she considers Boston home. Following her parent’s divorce, she was raised primarily by her mom and grandparents, spending summers with her dad. Today, they are two peas in a pod. Hers was not a political family at all. She knew who the president was and was subjected to the nightly news as it was her mom's 'can't miss program' but that was as 'political' as it went. A long time student of political science, she became... (more...)