By: Joy Overbeck
It was very late at night in a nearly-deserted airport and I was alone in the bathroom when a man walked in. Or maybe just a person who looked like a man, dressed like a man, walked like a man, and had a man’s haircut. As I washed my hands I looked up and casually observed, “Oh, I think you’re in the wrong bathroom.” He or she gave me a frozen glare and an angry, sarcastic retort: “No – YOU’RE in the wrong bathroom!”
The gender-nonspecific person headed for the stalls and I headed out the door. He or she was taller, larger, and more muscular than I and so I scrammed, feeling threatened. This happened a few years ago in a big city U.S. airport. Back at the lounge area, I awaited whatever creative new lies the airline desk staff could come up with to explain why my flight was several hours late.
Though it was years ago, this odd encounter came freshly to mind with all this potty talk in the news recently. Was the angry person in the rest room “transitioning” to male but out of habit still felt only at home in the women’s bathroom, perhaps trying to avoid the visual giveaway of girly equipment at a urinal? Or was this a guy who decided to go adventuring in the ladies’ room?
Studies find only three-tenths of one percent of the population are transgendered persons who refuse to accept their “birth assignment” which is to say they rebel against the sex that God or nature bestowed upon them. They want to be the opposite sex. But far fewer go in for that irreversible surgery snip. They like to keep their options open in case they want to reverse course, stop the hormone injections, and play for the other side again. So how authentic really is their commitment to transgenderism or are they just sampling the deep end of the pool?
Most of these people are “assigned” male but long to be female. And now state laws increasingly give them the “right” to choose whatever bathroom or even shower room corresponds to the gender with which they “identify” on any given day. Because, you understand, they’re a protected class, unlike actual women.
So growing your hair long and wearing makeup, stiletto heels and cute outfits allows someone like Bruce aka Caitlyn Jenner to invade the ladies room and the privacy of the women there. They can call themselves transgender even though many of these individuals, like Jenner, don’t feel female enough to part with their boy parts. It’s true that ladies have much cooler clothes than men, and I’m sure there was epic wardrobe pressure in the Jenner household with all those stylish women. I wonder how much an irresistible attraction to opposite sex fashion motivated Caitlyn.
And I have some more questions. How do you tell a transgender man who wears women’s clothes from a transvestite who wears women’s clothes if they both have their guy equipment? Bruce/Caitlyn says he/she is still attracted to women: so is she/he a lesbian? And what’s to prevent a high school boy who identifies as a female showering with the girls after gym class – literally every adolescent male’s fantasy. Wouldn’t disallowing his gender identity choice be discriminatory? There’ve already been some bad choice incidents.
* A Palmdale, California man wearing women’s clothing and a wig was arrested in a Macy’s store after he was seen in a women’s bathroom where he was allegedly videotaping women for several hours.
* In October 2015, Breitbart Texas reported on an illegal alien who was caught filming women in a Walmart bathroom in San Angelo, Texas. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail and was subsequently turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for deportation.
* At a Seattle Parks and Recreation pool, a man undressed in a women’s locker room, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity. Women called staff who told the man to leave, but he said “the law has changed and I have a right to be here.”
Here’s a word we don’t hear much anymore: wrong. This insanity is simply wrong. The war on women has moved into the ladies room. Women are actually a majority in this nation and we have every right to feel safe and unthreatened in our bathroom. As women are the ones most likely to object, we’re already being called bigots for not wanting to share our bathrooms with men of whatever gender persuasion.
Now that homosexuals (a mere 3 to 4 percent of the population) have managed to mainstream themselves via sweet and sympathetic TV characters, same-sex “marriage”, the White House lit up in gay rainbows, and bullying cake-bakers, florists, and even pastors into submission, gayness is so passé. They’ve won the battle to be “normal.” So the next big “equal rights” movement is transgenderism and bathroom equality.
PayPal, the online payment company, already retaliated against North Carolina when Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill banning people from using bathrooms that don’t match their birth gender. They nixed plans to build a new center in Charlotte that would have employed over 400 workers. Scolded CEO Dan Schulman, “The new law perpetuates discrimination and violates the values and principles at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture.” Yes, the very exalted mission of allowing men into women’s bathrooms.
Under the banner of non-discrimination and non-judgmentalism, the homosexual lobby has for years been indoctrinating school kids with gender-bending messaging that reaches them at the very time in their lives that they are likely to have a crush on their closest same-sex friend. It’s an easy matter to convince them their attachment means they’re gay, even though same-sex attraction at that age is perfectly normal.
“Gender identity disorder” or transgenderism was an illness when it first appeared in the official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders used by mental health professionals in 1980. But predictably the most recent version of the manual, published in 2013, diluted it to “gender dysphoria,” (a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety) removing the disorder stigma but still recognizing mental health problems ensue when someone “whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with.”
Similarly, homosexuality officially “evolved” in the Manual from a disorder to the “progressive” view that it is a healthy variation of human sexual orientation, although some professionals still maintain it’s a disorder. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives followed in 1975 but the laggard World Health Organization didn’t get on trend until 1990.
Those who rant that gender identity is fixed and immutable have a lot to answer for. Such as: why are men suddenly gay when they’re in prison and just as suddenly return to heterosexuality when they go home to their families? Why do some men and women marry, have a gaggle of kids, and then in their 50s or 60s decide they were actually homosexual all along? Why does Dr. Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, say gender dysphoria is a psychosocial ailment that should be treated through psychotherapy and counseling since there’s scant proof that sex change surgery works and it’s only undertaken “for an ideological reason”?
Here we go again. Transgender is the new gay. Expect award-winning TV shows and films in which heroic transgender individuals are the saviors of doomed planets. But guys, we know who you are. We can see your beard stubble very clearly through your makeup. Stay out of our bathrooms.