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Keep Your Bathroom To Yourself
It is virtually unimaginable to think that, in 21st Century America, anyone would have a problem with someone in the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ community using any restroom they choose, whenever they choose. It's so abhorrent, no other nation on Earth would even think to stoop so low as to require anyone to use any particular bathroom! This is the Civil Rights issue of our time, amiright?
Well, am I?
Last week, I spent an evening watching a live-stream of the Kern County (California) High School District's board meeting, where they were taking public comments on the board's recent decision to craft new policies that would bring the county's high schools into compliance with AB 1266, the state's decree that schools must open up their restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities to any student of any gender, based on whatever gender they feel like they are on a given day.
My oldest daughter is 5, so I don't typically follow the goings-on at the High School District that closely, but my little girls will be in high school one day, so these kinds of policies are definitely something that I care about. This change in district policy came close on the heels of President Obama's edict, wherein he threatened public schools with the withdrawal of federal funding if they failed to bow to Dear Leader's wishes as pertained to their restrooms.
Not that the federal government has any the authority to dictate policy to local schools and districts, but that's what federal money is for, right? Always given with the best of intentions, in the end all those dollars amount to is a tool that the federal government uses to bend the states to its will...because once state governments take that money, they're hooked. Those federal dollars are a tool of coercion - no politician can turn them down without being denounced as not caring about whatever that pie-in-the-sky reason why the money was offered in the first place (usually things like "the children," or "the poor"). Democrats love to talk about how Common Core wasn't a top-down mandate by the U.S. Department of Education. Those states signed up voluntarily, really! I mean, if you ignore that whole blackmail threat that federal funds wouldn't be given to states that failed to adopt the DOE's new standards.
It's coercion, plain and simple, and it's one of the federal government's primary methods to subvert the Constitution.
But this bathroom dictate is a horrible idea, no matter what level of government it comes from.
At a certain level, I sympathize with local school boards and administrators. When the edict comes down from on high, they don't have a whole lot of choices, especially in a state like California, where taking a stand means an endless stream of lawsuits and fines, which would ultimately degrade their ability to do what they're there to do: educate students.
But in not taking a stand against this insanity, officials at the state and local level are basically saying that it's okay to sacrifice the safety of students in the name of catering to a fringe minority of the population.
Don't get me wrong – I'm not saying that transgendered people are automatically a threat to public safety. Personally, I don't care what restroom transgender people use, as long as they keep their private parts private. This is, after all, why most public restrooms have stalls with doors that lock. But the Left is constantly saying that there is a "rape culture" on college campuses across the U.S., yet at the same time, we're supposed to be okay with the possibility that our schools will allow hormone-laden teenage boys to use the girls' locker room.
And if you aren't okay with that, then you're a bigot. There's no room for debate. No other accommodation will be accepted, no matter how reasonable. You're either okay with men using the ladies' room, or you're a hateful extremist bent on turning America into a theocratic tyranny. Middle-ground is not allowed.
Another thing that doesn't seem to be considered when people push for these mandates is that they won't always just apply to students. Faculty can be included in policy changes, as well. It's bad enough that your kids could be exposed to male genitalia at school, but it becomes completely intolerable when you throw this into the mix: if some male teacher decides he wants to be a woman one day, he could - by law - be given access to the girls' locker room. And again, if a male teacher is genuinely gender confused, nothing may come of it...but if a teacher is a predator, he (or she) could put on an act of being gender confused just to gain access. There are enough sex scandals in our schools as it is. Changing laws and policies in a way that gives predators easier access to our kids is the last thing we need.
Here is the bottom line: Gender-specific restrooms & locker rooms, and any laws that govern their use or access are not based on feelings, they are based on biology. They exist not to discriminate, but to keep people safe - and one of the primary jobs of public schools is to keep kids safe. Incidents of voyeurism (and worse) that have already occurred in areas that have changed their laws should be more than enough to prove that these mandates are a horrible idea.
Gender is biologically defined. It doesn't matter what a person does, from something as tame (but weird) as cross-dressing, to radical measures such as taking hormones or undergoing surgery to alter their body, your gender is encoded into every cell of your DNA - it's a scientific fact that your feelings cannot change, and it is the only objective measure schools have available to determine which facilities are appropriate for students to use.
The World Health Organization still classifies gender dysphoria as a mental illness, though the forces of political correctness are working to change that. And that is what we are experiencing with President Obama's mandate and laws like California's AB1266: politics trying to re-define scientific reality...and in the process, they are putting our children at risk.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)