Transphobia is such a major phenomenon in some areas of this country now that genital inspection may be required in Washington state. That would be the end result of several laws now under consideration in the Evergreen State by certain conservative lawmakers thanks to their irrational fear of allowing transgender individuals to use gender segregated restrooms.
The public restroom argument has been one bandied about by those who think that people only become transgender to spy on others who are urinating. Apparently, they believe that everybody who is transgender is actually secretly a coprophiliac in disguise who wants to get their kinks by listening to other people defecate and urinate. Presumably, these bigoted individuals also do not understand that genitals can be used for purposes other than sexual function, or simply believe that everybody is as sexually obsessed as they are. Perhaps their constituents could send them copies of “Everybody Poops” in order to educate them.
The bills in question would require that anybody who desires to relieve themselves in a public restroom would be forced to use the restroom that matches the genitals they were born with. Hopefully they would put up helpful penis and vagina sigils on the door to replace the standard male and female ones in use. What the bill does not do, however, is include a method of enforcement or inspection, leaving that to business owners instead. If you see the problem here, you are about five steps ahead of Washington Republicans already.
The only way to enforce such a law would be to have mandatory genital inspections prior to entering a restroom.
That’s right, under the law, were it to be enacted, ol’ Chet at the local 7-11 would need to have every guy and gal unzip and show him the goods before he can give them the key attached to that wooden plank he keeps behind the register. After all, if he were to allow a female who was born genetically male make a tinkle in the ladies’ room he could be in violation of the law.
While it may sound ridiculous, this is exactly what the result of silly discrimination laws would be. How these lawmakers live in homes and have brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, etc. share restrooms is probably best left to the imagination. We’re guessing they just assume everybody in their home is listening to them take the browns to the bowl for the sexual thrill, since that’s their assumption of the public at large.
In reality, the people most likely to be harassed in a public restroom are not cisgender individuals, but transgender. The weird prudishness about public restrooms says a heck of a lot more about the bathroom habits of the bigots who support such legislation than it does about anybody who simply wants to pee in peace; whether they sit, stand, or squat.
Laws like this are discriminatory, harmful, and serve no purpose but to further stigmatize those who are different from the ones who want to put them in. While this one appears destined for failure, it seems likely that backwards folks who use gender identity as a means of prejudice (and apparently assume bathrooms are a place of sexual gratification for most people) will continue to bring them forward.
You can read the full text of the bill here.