Across the nation one of the largest and growing battlefields for civil liberties is the public restroom. On the one hand, you have people who think using the restroom for its intended purpose should be allowed for everybody, and on the other you have lawmakers who believe that restrooms are for sexual encounters and shenanigans. Well, to be fair there is a third group who believes that segregating public restrooms on gender is silly and outdated because everybody poops, but that’s another story.
While much of the news surrounding this topic has been surrounding states like Washington, who want owners of restrooms to inspect everybody’s nethers prior to giving them the restroom key, or those in South Dakota who think pooping publicly is such a sexual thrill as to require bigoted legislation, there are some areas who are upholding the rights of individuals to pee in peace. One such city is Charlotte, where the city council instituted a law allowing people to use the restroom corresponding with their gender.
State lawmakers have been nonplussed by this turn of events, going so far as to call it a
“threat to public safety.” That’s right, allowing people to use the segregated restroom of their gender is such a scary thought for many that the state is vowing to override its Queen City.
The number of transgender individuals who have committed crimes of any sort in public restrooms, let alone sexual assaults, is zero. There has literally never been a single instance of a transgender individual attacking, spying, or even so much as looking at somebody else while they do their business. It has never happened anywhere, at any time in the United States. But some lawmakers are so concerned about this plague of nothingness that they are actually using public funds and time to ban an event that has never happened. It’s kind of like making it illegal to hunt unicorns or to make it illegal to marry a sasquatch.
The problem seems to stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of two things: the difference between sex and gender and what public restrooms are for. Sex refers to biological and physiological characteristics that an individual is born with, while gender is the artificial construct created by society pertaining to how somebody acts and interacts. As for public restrooms, they are generally utilized for defecating or urinating, or checking out how you look in the mirror and making sure there is nothing stuck in your teeth. But for lawmakers, restrooms are also used for sexual thrills, and they wish to project that use onto people who have absolutely no record of having engaged in any lewd behavior. The same can’t be said for lawmakers, sadly.
So while most of society goes on with their daily lives, using whichever restroom has the little man or woman on it based on who they are, others are forced to hold it in or use the incorrect restroom thanks to misinformed lawmakers who think their place is in the restrooms of private business owners and interfering with city business. For now, the people of Charlotte can poop in the proper toilets. At least until the state begins sniffing around the restrooms.