Monday, March 30, 2015

Relax About the Bathrooms Already

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSMISOGYNY, HARASSMENT, ASSAULT AND SUICIDE OF TRANS WOMEN]

There's been so much handwringing about trans people (read: trans women) using the correct public bathrooms rather than being forced to use the ones for the gender they were wrongly assigned at birth. This comes from both conservative transphobes and TWERFs (trans women exclusionary radical feminists). TWERFs, by the way, fail to see the irony in this.

It all comes from some fantasy situation in which trans women will go into women's bathrooms because they're actually men who just want to prey on innocent cis women in public restrooms.

Let me put some minds at ease. As many people will conveniently argue about whatever laws they don't like, laws can be broken. Gun control laws don't stop bad people from getting and using guns for evil, right? Of course, I'm not using that shitty argument in support of letting people use the correct bathrooms, because I don't need to. The point is, let's examine just how many trans women have assaulted cis women in bathrooms.







Now, have cis men dressed as women and gone into women's bathrooms to be creeps or assault women? Yes. Have trans women been glared at, harassed, and assaulted for using women's bathrooms? Oh yeah. Have trans women been leered at, harassed, and assaulted for using the men's bathroom? Definitely. Is the average lifespan of a trans woman 30-32 years? YES.

So what's the best solution to the problem of cis men dressing up as women and assaulting women in the bathroom? Is it to punish trans women who are already so harassed and ostracized by our society that they are killed and kill themselves at astronomical rates? To continue to expose them to harassment and assault by forcing them to use the wrong bathroom, even though there's still nothing really stopping cis men from assaulting women in bathrooms?

Or would it make more sense to just TEACH MEN TO STOP THINKING THEY'RE ENTITLED TO WOMEN'S BODIES SO THEY'LL STOP ATTACKING WOMEN SO MUCH, FUCK.

Trans women do not assault cis women in bathrooms. So stop.

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