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On Religious Liberty, the Bathroom Wars, and Educational Choice

 

shutterstock_112057673Every now and then, Thomas Sowell writes a column titled “Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene” where he offers up gems like “Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.”

I’m no Thomas Sowell, but here are a few of my own (much less pithy or clever) random thoughts the passing education policy scene:

Montana Department of Revenue: Religious Families Need Not Apply

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(The New York Times is reporting this, but I can’t get a working link.) Somehow, this is the one that pushes me over the line.  It’s not that I worry for my elementary-school daughter;  it’s the flagrant violation of federalism, a big step forward in Obama’s practice of rule by decree, and that need to […]

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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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A (Genuinely) Modest Proposal on North Carolina’s Bathroom Law

 

shutterstock_409315246As a North Carolinian and sometime professional person, I have had the chance to see both sides of the now globally notorious Bathroom Debate of 2016. At a gender studies conference I attended, the host urged audience members to go into “whatever bathroom you like.” But at local church and school events, I’ve personally heard great praise for “the bravery of our state legislature.”

If you get past the polemics and invective, you can hear the basic arguments on either side. The backers of the law are worried about creeps going into girls’ bathrooms with impunity. Having a daughter, I sympathize with that view. The opponents feel that transgender people don’t deserve to be stigmatized when they need to go to the bathroom like everyone else. I used to have a boss who read that the real business of America was conducted in the men’s room and — considering himself a real businessman — would try to discuss quarterly targets at the urinal, so I understand how the trans-folks feel on some level too.

I hate to say it, but Governor Pat McCrory and legislature brought this on themselves with sloppy legislating. First, the bill included an unrelated provision (that McCrory has now said should be repealed) that eliminates the right for anyone to bring a discrimination action in state court. One could still bring an action in federal court. All good conservatives are also good federalists so, as a good conservative, I would rather these cases tried by a North Carolina judge than a federal one. That’s better for the plaintiff, the defense, and for justice.

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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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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.

The Battle for the Bathrooms

 

gender-neutral-bathroomShould you conform to the world’s reality, or should the world conform to yours?

That’s the question at the heart of the debate over transgender rights and the spate of “bathroom bills” it has spawned in cities and states around the country. Citing privacy and safety concerns, supporters of these bills want to enshrine in law something that in any other moment in human history would have been viewed as elemental common sense—boys must use the little boy’s room, girls must use the little girl’s room.

Not so fast, Bigoty McBigotface.

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.

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Back in June, there was a long Ricochet discussion of transgender people, the psychology of gender dysphoria, and more.  I recall mentioning the hypothetical of someone who wanted to be a child again in Bryan’s thread, but the issue dropped off the radar. Then I read this off of Jonah Goldberg’s twitter. Preview Open

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Like an unflappable beachcomber scouring the sands with a metal detector and hoping for a big find, the Supreme Court has unearthed a hitherto deeply buried constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  And thus, with the imperious waving of a judicial wand, the debate has been settled.  Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land […]

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I’ve seen several spot-on, anti-FIFA commentaries in recent weeks, but this one has nothing to do with corruption. Rather than focus on the scandal that has rocked FIFA, Kate Fagan’s ESPNw piece took soccer’s governing body to task over “gender verification” testing: Specifically, the screening tests used to determine the level of testosterone in female athletes.  The […]

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Imagine with me for a moment: You wake up in a hospital, and the doctor is there telling you that you will be fine, but that thanks to a very rare disease, your body has spent the last 3 weeks in a coma changing your sex. Everything else will be OK, but from now on, […]

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So called Gay Marriage is over, my side lost, just a matter of time until the Supremes hand it down.  I’d love to be wrong, but don’t think I am. I’ve been seeing way too many transgender and the like stories on Yahoo/Drudge in the last year, so that is in the process of becoming […]

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What do you think about this idea? Language is being privatized. For example, transsexuals want others to use a different pronoun than the one that corresponds to their genetic sex. For example, if a male transitions to a female, he/she may then want all family, friends, and co-workers to refer to him as a her. […]

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The New Republic published an article last August (yeah, I know, but someone just reposted it to Twitter and I didn’t see anything in a quick search of the member feed) called “Why aren’t women advancing in the workplace? Ask a transgender person.” The first couple of paragraphs suggest it was going to be a sloppy […]

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