The simple fact that there is no established mechanism for determining that is exactly the problem. We're simply meant to take a teenage boy's word for it. What could possibly go wrong?Was he really gender confused or just entitled to a good peep show??
The issue in this case is much narrower than all that. The problem here is that the comfort of the girls who were already using that locker room is being completely dismissed in favor of catering to the wants of a single student. Additionally, there seems to be no standard for determining the difference between a student with a genuine issue and kids who are just claiming transgenderism because it's become fashionable. Yes, it does happen. Let me tell you some of the stories I've heard from my 16 year old daughter who goes to high school in a relatively conservative part of the country in rural PA. Even there she's often teased for not claiming to be "pansexual" or "bisexual" or whatever else sounds good at the moment. She has an acquaintance who "chooses her sex" every morning before coming to school and gets irate when people don't play along and refer to her as 'he' on the days she decides she's a boy.The argument against trans folks choosing their own bathroom seems to imply that people shouldn't use a public bathroom as the gender they are attracted to, and by that logic we should ban gay people from using restrooms of the same sex.
As much as it pains me to say it, kids are living in the same world we are, and should be prepared. I don't think hiding topics like this from them is going to help much.
These two quotes I agree with completely^^As for public restrooms... what are we going to do, put a TSA booth at the doors? The argument against trans folks choosing their own bathroom seems to imply that people shouldn't use a public bathroom as the gender they are attracted to, and by that logic we should ban gay people from using restrooms of the same sex. It just doesn't make sense to me how this helps predators somehow. If any person, male or female, was peeping at me under a bathroom stall or staring at me doing my business at a urinal, I'd call the police. And when I'm doing my businessl, the last thing I want to do is look around at other people doing their business. Parents bring their opposite sex children into public bathrooms all the time; and nobody in their right mind complains about it. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't see how allowing trans people (who generally present as the gender they identify as) choose to use the bathroom they feel comfortable with is going to help sexual predators.
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