But my solution is passe these days. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men, people of either sex who would like to exchange genitalia -- everyone must feel "comfortable." The goal of society is no longer preserving an amorphous social "good." It's making sure that no single person's feelings are injured, even if protecting the feelings of the individual take precedence over protecting the feelings of an enormous group.
That's the reasoning of the Harvard Crimson editorial board, which criticized the Harvard University administration for failing to take up the BGLTSA's request for gender-neutral bathrooms: "We urge the immediate implementation of the BGLTSA's recommendations -- the fact remains that there are some in the Harvard community that experience extreme discomfort and pressure when going to the bathroom." The horror, the horror!
That's the reasoning of the Americans for Civil Liberties Union, which sued a New York commercial building owner for declining to renew the leases of the Hispanic AIDS Forum. The owner had received complaints from other tenants after transgender clients of the Forum began entering the "wrong" bathrooms. When the owner asked the Forum to sign a contract stipulating that clients would not use bathrooms on the premises, the Forum refused, leading to its eviction. During the legal proceedings, the building owner asked the New York State Supreme Court judge to force the Forum to hand over records showing whether clients were anatomically male or female. The judge declined, stating that the physical anatomy of transgendered people is not relevant to gender identity.
It has finally come to this: A person's physical status is irrelevant to how others should perceive them. If a woman wants to use a urinal, we're supposed to look the other way. A man can dress up as a woman, and the rest of us are supposed to call him "she" and open cab doors for him.
Do any of the gender-neutral bathroom advocates remember the old fairytale "The Emperor's New Clothes"? In it, the emperor walks around naked, and all the citizens are expected to pretend that he is wearing a fabulous new suit. Only a young boy has the guts to point out the obvious: "The emperor is naked!" What an insensitive little twerp.
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