The Ultimate Answer to Kings brings to us a discussion regarding what many of us thought was a non-issue: different genders (or the gender-confused) using the wrong public toilet.
Raise your hand if you never drowsily wandered into the wrong bathroom in a public building. Personally I consider the embarrassment to be punishment enough, but some politicians don’t agree.
SB 1432 would make it illegal to enter a bathroom if signage indicates it is exclusively for the opposite sex. Authorities could charge violators with a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.
Of course I’m misstating the purpose of this bill, which has nothing to do with criminalizing a lack of situational awareness and everything to do with making, er, gender mismanagement a matter of public concern.
I personally don’t think it’s the government’s business. If a crime is involved (lewdness, rape, assault, child molestation) then certainly it becomes the government’s business. Otherwise, they’ve enough to contend with. And they’re already in our computers, cell phones, automobiles, bodies and bedrooms. I’m drawing the line at JBTs getting a warrant to check my underwear! (Although they already do it warrantless at the airport – sigh).
Many of my liberal friends cheered when the Phoenix City Council recently passed an ordinance guaranteeing non-interference with transgender and other folks who utilize the public restroom labeled with the gender they most identify. An anonymous commenter on Joel’s blog succinctly addresses the actual issue of Puritanical-Victorian America with the statement below:
There are lots of first and second world countries that have unisex public restrooms. They don’t seem to suffer for it.
Amen. Perhaps we Americans need to simply grow up.
+1 on Mr (or Ms.) AnonymousThis just in – rumor has it SB 1432 has been withdrawn or tabled, but I’ve not been able to confirms this – Guffaw