Obama has really outdone himself this time. I think this just might be the single worst act in his reign of terror against our country. Even *I* didn’t expect him to be capable of this level great wrong. No matter what side of the transgendered bathroom debate you are on, you SHOULD be outraged by this.
To take it upon himself to ORDER every school in this country to grant their under-age students access to the restroom AND locker room/shower of their choice… or else he will STEAL their federal funding – right out of the hands of all the CHIDLREN that money was allotted for. To use OUR children as PAWNS in his real life game of chess. To threaten to steal our children’s EDUCATION and FUTURE from them as a method of strong-arming the adults to conform to HIS morality. He may as well have ordered the ENTIRE WORLD for all the right he has to make his demands. And then he has the gall to mock us by calling his demands “guidance”.
It’s wrong on so many different levels that I scarcely know how to begin expressing it. I feel like my insides could explode just thinking about it. And ANYONE who feels good about this “guidance” letter… either hasn’t taken the time to actually THINK about its implications or has something SEVERERLY wrong with them.
I suppose point number one is simply that there is NO cause so noble that it is justified in being achieved through totalitarian means. Threatening to steal one person’s rights to gain rights for another does wrong to BOTH. We have a system of government that is designed to speak for THE PEOPLE – safeguarded by using MANY DIFFERENT elected representatives and tiers of representatives, who speak for us by deciding all laws with a MAJORITY ruling. They answer to us, not the other way around. It’s what keeps change moving at the speed fitting with society’s evolution. And it’s what keeps this country from becoming a dictatorship.
Skipping that process robs you of the most precious thing you have as an American – your VOICE. Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, your opinion was never even considered. Your vote was worthless… thrown into the trash without even being looked at. The OPPOSITE of Democracy.
You could try to throw (the wildly unconstitutional) “Executive Order” clause at me… but what you may not realize is that this is NOT an Executive Order. It’s just “guidance” – merely a suggestion. A suggestion with a BIG threat behind not being taken. And it’s NOT a threat of proper legal action through our judicial system for breaking a law… noooo, that would be justifiable. It’s a threat of the GOVERNMENT breaking the law to victimize YOU if you don’t comply. Sounds a bit like the Mafia extorting money out of you for “protection” don’t ya think?
But you might not care about any of that. You might just be thrilled that you got what you wanted… THIS time. But how would you feel if those same methods of “leadership” were applied to causes you DON’T agree with?
There is a VERY good chance that after the next election President TRUMP will be our Commander-in-chief. If you are happy about this “guidance” letter, I suspect you DETESTE Donald Trump and everything he stands for. So tell me… how would you feel if HE forced his morality upon you and your children under threat for disobedience? Would it still be ok then? Because you can’t pick and choose. If you think it would be wrong for Trump to do it in the future, then you must acknowledge that it IS wrong for Obama to do it now.
Many people are trying to justify this “guidance” letter as merely enforcing Title VII. I’m seeing “Title VII” get tossed around the internet like a catchphrase that means “I’m right and you’re a bigot”. Obviously, those people have NO IDEA what Title VII entails (they probably don’t even know what document it’s from).
Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by covered EMPLOYERS on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
So anyway, I suspect what they WOULD have said (if they had bothered to educate themselves before speaking so authoritatively on the subject) is Title IX – which says that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
But let’s be clear on this – it says NOTHING about schoolchildren with penises having the protected legal right to GET NAKED and SHOWER WITH schoolchildren with vaginas (or vice versa).
So long as transgendered students are not being denied their right to get an education or participate in school activities, simply because they are transgendered, Title IX is NOT being violated.
And if Title IX is not being violated, then that makes this “guidance” letter ENTIRELY NEW GROUND! Which means that ENTIRELY NEW LEGISLATURE must be passed through the PROPER CHANNELS before anything can be ENFORCED.
Now that’s we’ve established that no government entity has the right to make such a demand without voting on new legislature… How we talk about why we SHOULDN’T pass this sort of legislature, ok?
YES, transgendered people should be able to use whichever RESTROOM they are the most comfortable using – I honestly don’t understand how that doesn’t go without saying. It’s still PRIVATE. You have no idea what genitals someone has beneath their clothing unless YOU behave in an inappropriate and unlawful manner and PEAK over/under the stall at them. No one is getting hurt by them using the facilities for their intended purpose. But THEY just might get SEVERLY hurt (by bigoted people) if forced to use what is OBVIOUSLY not the appropriate restroom for them. Debate won, get over it.
But this “guidance” letter isn’t just about restrooms, it’s also about shared locker rooms and showers. What’s wrong with that (only and idiot would ask)?
If someone exposes their genitals to you without solicitation, it’s known as “indecent exposure” and it’s a FEDERAL CRIME that will land them on the sex offenders registry. Even though that person didn’t lay a hand on anyone, they victimized the person/people they exposed themselves to. They made that person or group of people feel uncomfortable, powerless, and VIOLATED. Because in our society, genitalia are considered “private parts” – only to be seen/shown when it is EXPECTED and WANTED. So anytime it is UN-expected or UN-wanted, it is psychologically damaging.
So… if it’s wrong when someone who is NOT transgendered forces you to see their genitalia… why on earth would it be ok for people who ARE transgendered to do it?
Before you even THINK about saying there’s no “force” in this scenario, let me remind you that you are REQUIRED BY LAW to attend school and GOVERNMENTAL education standards REQUIRE you to take gym class as part of the curriculum. Which means, since the issuance of that letter – the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRING YOUR UNDER-AGE CHILDREN TO GET NAKED IN FRONT OF, AND SEE NAKED, OTHER CHILDREN WITH THE OPPOSITE GENDER’S GENITALIA (or else no education for ANYONE – INCLUDING the transgendered students).
If you are the sort of hypocritical asshole who thinks that ONLY minorities have rights, you probably want to argue with me right now by telling me that in a locker room/shower setting, exposing your genitalia IS expected. Everyone else there is getting naked, why are you singling out the transgendered people – you transphobic monster?!
Well, if locker rooms and showers weren’t segregated by gender – you might have a point. But they ARE segregated by gender. Which means you EXPECT everyone else around you to have the SAME genitalia as yourself. And you are depending on that for comfort in the extremely uncomfortable position of shared nudity in these settings. Otherwise, there’s no point to segregate them AT ALL. There should just be ONE locker room and ONE shower that ALL students share, regardless of gender OR gender identity. (Would you be ok with that? Keep in mind that would involve transgendered students suffering the discomfort of changing and showering with people who are their BIRTH gender!)
Offering transgendered students a PRIVATE changing and shower facility is the OBVIOUS solution to this situation – yet it has REPEATEDLY been rejected and turned into high powered legal battles. Why? Because it MIGHT make some of the 0.03% of students that are transgendered FEEL bad. Fuck how the rest of the students feel, only the feelings of minorities matter… at least that is what Obama, his administration, and most of the Democrat Party seem to think.
In the locker room/shower setting, if someone takes off their clothing and they DON’T have the same genitalia as what’s marked on the door – it is EVERY BIT as unexpected and unwanted as some stranger flashing you in the park. And now they just saw YOU naked too, but you didn’t consent to that! Everyone who saw you was SUPPOSED to have all the same parts! It’s a double-whammy to your psyche. Their lack of malicious intent does nothing to prevent you from FEELING violated. In fact, you may feel even MORE violated since if you express your feelings, instead of being treated with sympathy, people act like there is something wrong with you. (I imagine that it’s a little bit like a less extreme version of how any woman who was raped by her husband, before the law recognized that a woman CAN be raped by her husband, must have felt…)
But a penis or vagina don’t look any less like a penis or vagina just because of how the person it’s connected to feels on the inside. As long as you keep it COVERED, it’s NOBODY else’s business which you have. But if you’re going to EXPOSE it, you’ve just MADE it the business of everyone around you. So unless EVERYONE in the room FREELY gives their permission otherwise, exposed genitals need to match the sign on the door. Pretty simple and easy to follow. And most importantly, FAIR. For EVERYONE.
Fair… for… everyone? I know, what a novel concept? One that is apparently far too evolved and progressive for our society to wrap its head around.
Honestly, I have SO MANY more points still to make on this topic, but writing this is EXHAUSTING. If I haven’t successfully made my case to you from what I have already said… quite frankly, you are too stupid and closed-minded to EVER see this rationally. Talking to you would be a waste of everyone’s time & energy – you should just go fuck yourself.