Tag: Bathrooms

Virtue Signaling and Restroom Signs

 

Let’s say, for a moment, you’re one of the small fraction of a percentage of the population who self-identifies as a gender other than what your biological bits indicate. You don’t want to go into the men’s room because you think you’re actually a woman. But if you go into the women’s restroom, your best-case scenario is scorn and your worst-case scenario is a trip in the back of a cop car.

So you’re worried you can’t go into the restroom without people thinking you might be a child molester? That’s nice. I can’t even enter the building in the first place because people are worried I might be a mass murderer. How’s that for discrimination?

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   As I was listening to the GLoP podcast, it occurred to me that no one talks about non-transgendered women going in mens’ rooms. That’s when it hit me. Ladies, when the line to the ladies’ room is out the door and the men have none, go in the mens’ room. If challenged, declare “I […]

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About the time I reached the teen years, my folks decided that each of us six kids should have a bedroom of our own. My folks were not rich, so a mansion on a hill was out of the question. Instead, mom and dad purchased a house with an unfinished basement, and pop went about […]

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Three Sentences

 

shutterstock_263604041As a minister, I am often asked for advice about how to engage in difficult conversations with someone (a loved one, a boss, a soon-to-be-ex) about stressful, highly emotional, and interpersonal issues. The go-to recommendation is as follows: First, be prepared for the loved one/boss/soon-to-be-ex to be irrational, emotional, insulting, and loud. People often are. Plan ahead. Second, come up with three sentences, each of which are clear, polite, and true. If the subject at hand requires more than three sentences, it also requires another, separate conversation. In that case, it is okay to add a fourth sentence stating simply “Okay, but we’re going to talk about that tomorrow.” Third, when the conversation begins, the three sentences are your opening statement. Then, one or another of them will be repeated — with only minor variations allowed — throughout the ensuing charlie foxtrot discussion. It’s really quite effective, and I do recommend it for all your interpersonal needs.

But it also occurred to me that conservatives could benefit from following this formula when it comes to debates with fellow citizens passionate about the progressive agenda, whether we’re talking about a one-to-one conversation with a friend a full-on political brouhaha.

For example, let’s say the citizens of a small city that prides itself on being an island of bright blue progressivism in the middle of a deep red state pass a local ordinance:

Hands Off the Ladies’ Rooms

 

gender-neutral-bathroomIf it concerns sex in any way, you can be sure that our culture will fixate on it and manage to defy common sense with hyperventilating indignation. Same sex marriage roiled the waters for decades, but now that the Supreme Court has big-footed that question, culture warriors are prowling for new realms of transgression to embrace. So, coming to a bathroom near you – transgenderism.

I’m just back from a weekend at Harvard University where unisex bathrooms are the norm. On behalf of womankind, I say: To the Bathroom Barricades!

Bathroom injustice has been a feature of the world for a very long time. Ask any woman. Most buildings feature equal-sized bathrooms for the two sexes – an automatic disadvantage for women who cannot use urinals (at least as of this writing). At every concert, stadium, lecture hall, or large meeting room, the line for the ladies’ room will usually curl out the door and around corners while the men breeze through their facility with assembly line efficiency. The only building in Washington, DC I know of where this is not the case is Constitution Hall, built by and for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Constitution Hall has twice the number of women’s bathrooms as men’s. Revolutionary indeed.

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They say you should learn something new every day. I learn the most wonderful things from bathroom stalls. The other night, eating breakfast at a Perkins I learned three things: that Def Leppard Sux, that to have a good time one no longer needs to call, one merely has to text, and that the sage […]

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Farther Toward a Sex-free Society

 

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A few months ago I wrote about local YMCAs changing their locker room policies to be more inclusive to transgendered individuals (to the exclusion of normal gendered individuals — double digression — shouldn’t the term “non-crazy” suffice here?), and the aftermath was great both locally and in the comments on Ricochet. One of the strongest arguments made in favor of the change (or at least in favor of not getting worked up over it) was that the Y is a private organization which individuals are free to patronize or simply ignore as their consciences dictate. It wasn’t as if this was being mandated by the government. That is, naturally, no longer the case in the People’s Republic State of Washington.

The day after Christmas, Washington state’s Human Rights Commission gave us all a gift of bathroom and locker room desegregation. It is now illegal for business owners like the YMCA or their competition at another gyms to “limit sex-specific facilities such as bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms to persons with the anatomical parts of one sex.” So, the argument that the Y (and everyone else) can do what they think right is no longer valid.