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Transgender bathroom rights

TheShow
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3/17/2016 12:49:19 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
Should a person who is biologically a man be able to use the women's bathroom if he identifies as a women and vice versa? I could see there being a problem because it could potentially mean that a man could claim to women and use the women's bathroom and endanger those women. I'm not saying that it would be common, but it's a real possibility. So should trans people use the bathroom based on their biological gender or the one they identify as?
Skepsikyma
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3/17/2016 4:09:20 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 12:49:19 AM, TheShow wrote:
Should a person who is biologically a man be able to use the women's bathroom if he identifies as a women and vice versa? I could see there being a problem because it could potentially mean that a man could claim to women and use the women's bathroom and endanger those women. I'm not saying that it would be common, but it's a real possibility. So should trans people use the bathroom based on their biological gender or the one they identify as?

No. It doesn't make sense from a business perspective, or a sociological perspective. If the person is convincing enough as a transsexual, then they won't even be called on it as long as they don't try to use a urinal. The fact of the matter is that Americans, especially American women, see the bathroom as an intensely private place. For many women in particular, it is supposed to be a sanctuary from the male gaze, and anything which destroys that perception for them isn't worth the happiness of a very tiny minority. When bathrooms were desegregated it didn't destroy their essential function, but removing biological sex as a qualifier would.

This mostly applies to America, though. Most cultures don't share North American holdups about nudity, so it doesn't really matter as much to them.
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