Recently a transgender female shared a post on Facebook where she complained of a male employee who came into the restroom to clean it while she was still in there. To make matters worse, she stated that the male refused to leave, even after she could be heard using the restroom inside one of the stales.
She complained about the level of discomfort she felt and how she was mortified by his presence. Her post on Facebook drew a great deal of support and it opened the door to a conversation that many aren’t ready to have.
With the onslaught of transgender females—who have yet to complete their transformation—why are biological women merely expected to accept the idea of sharing a restroom with a biological male?
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Due to political correctness and societal fears, people typically refuse to discuss the reality of how women feel about the idea of sharing personal space with men who dress like women. Day spas where women walk around nude is only one example of a place where women come together and feel comfortable in the notion that they are all one.
When a man, who dresses like a woman, comes into an environment like that, some women feel just as uncomfortable as the transgender female who discussed her horror on her Facebook post. There have been instances where men professed to be transgender females but in actuality they were only men who were attempting to be around naked women.
In scenarios such as this, it can be easily understood why biological women might feel uncomfortable or unsafe around some transgender females. It isn’t always easy to decide who is a “true transgender” from someone who’s merely pretending to be one for the sake of an ill gain.
The issue of whether transgender females should be allowed in private areas catered toward biological females has been ongoing and has led to a few states deciding for themselves if transgender females have the right to go to a restroom that’s solely for biological women.
Take Massachusetts, for example. It is among a few states that have passed anti-discrimination laws that embrace transgender people’s restroom rights. Just as there are states that support transgenders’ rights, there are also those states that are considering legislation that would outlaw people from using restrooms that do not correspond with their biological sex. Either way, the issue is complex and the people feeling the heat the most—and who are most vulnerable—are women and young girls.
Women should share their feelings more often on issues such as this with their representatives so that laws can be enacted that will serve the best interest of women and young girls.
Without a doubt, transgender restrooms might be the solution in this situation, but until then, women will need to be considered when politicians create legislation that assists the needs of transgender females but fail to protect the privacy of biological women. It’s about time that women step up and claim their right to feel comfortable in private spaces. It’s only fair.