One big debate today and one that we talked about in class is allowing transgender people use the bathroom they identify with instead of using organs to classify. I believe that it shouldn’t be a question to allow them to use the bathroom that they identify with because it is who they are and it really isn’t a threat to anyone not just according to the body they are stuck with. The major objection that comes from this is that the society fears men walking into women’s restrooms to do harm to them. We said in class that this is not useful because a man could do this now because there are no bathroom police, but that it has the potential to happen more often. I want to take this a step further because I believe that this is not a valid objection to use for this case. The fear isn’t a realistic fear at all. Just because you let transgender people into a women’s bathroom isn’t going to increase the overall number of rapist and sex offenders in society and I feel that that is what this fear is alluding to. The people that are going to sexually assault other people are going to do it regardless of this issue.
We let smokers smoke anywhere they please in the streets regardless of the majority of society’s comfort level and regardless of children nearby. Now I am definitely not comparing being transgender to being a smoker, but if a smoker has the right to smoke regardless of the comfort of others around him or her, someone that is transgender should have the right to use a public bathroom regardless of others around him or her. Transgender people are not even a harm to society so in reality, they should be able to use whatever bathroom before we allow smokers to smoke on any street or parking lot if we are talking about the greater good of society. What excuse is there? Smoking has been around for hundreds of years and people are used to it so people are more accustomed to it doesn’t seem to cut it.
This issue is relatively new and I think that there is resistance to change for the sake of society not liking change. All women should go be able to use the women’s restroom regardless of the bodily situation they are stuck in against their will. Same goes for men. I don’t think should be influenced by other fears in society that have nothing to do with the issue at hand. Accepting new social norms at this one is progress towards a more equal society.