Thursday, May 08, 2014

Middle School Trash Talk Disguised As Policy Analysis

It is not nice to make fun of bigoted people and call them "nuts" and stuff, but there is absolutely no point in humoring them or pretending that there is a "debate" or anything serious to talk about. If two people love one another it is simply none of your business. If someone believes that they are really a man or really a woman, though they were raised the other way, again, it is simply none of your business. You don't understand it and it doesn't hurt you and it is simply not your place to even suggest that the other person should meet your uninformed expectations.

You may think people who are different from you are funny, you may not be able to understand them, they might even frighten you, but that is not a reason for them to change -- it is a reason for you to change.

The State of Maryland has passed a law guaranteeing certain equal rights to transgender people. And predictably, the nuts are up in arms about it.

Yesterday's Washington Post editorial captured the essence of the situation very well:
MARYLAND THIS year joined 16 states in extending protection to transgender people in housing, lending, employment, public accommodations and other areas. Now a conservative group, including some of the Republicans who opposed the legislation, is trying to force the issue onto the state ballot this fall, in the hopes that voters will reject it. If it manages to get the proposal on the ballot, it’s not likely to prevail if recent history is any guide. Nor should it.

Incredibly, the conservatives’ main line of attack is that the law will turn women’s restrooms into fertile ground for peeping toms disguised in dresses and wigs, even for similarly attired rapists. This is middle school trash talk disguised as policy analysis. There is no evidence that this is a statistically detectable problem in other states that have banned discrimination against transgender people, nor in Maryland localities, such as Montgomery County, that have had similar statutes on the books for years.

For one thing, the law’s rigorous definition of a transgender person — someone whose core identity is expressed by consistent and uniform expression — does not extend to men who might get their kicks wearing dresses to spy on women. For another, transgender people generally already use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, according to their advocates.

More broadly, opponents of the legislation tend to miss its central point, which is to ban the blatant discrimination that transgender people report is pervasive. In a 2011 survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, 71 percent of transgender people in Maryland said they had experienced harassment or mistreatment at work and 18 percent said they had lost a job or been denied a promotion as a result of their gender identification. Seventeen percent reported having been denied housing. Shocking numbers of students in public schools report harassment (81 percent) and assaults (38 percent). Maryland conservatives’ quixotic fight against transgender protections
I love that: "middle school trash talk disguised as policy analysis." If men were going to dress up as women and lurk in women's restrooms then they would have done that already in one of the more than 190 cities and counties that already ban gender-identity discrimination. And they haven't. It just doesn't happen. This is not really an argument against equal rights for transgender people, it is ... just ... stupid.

It is against the law to leer at someone in a public restroom or shower, or to touch them, peek at them, it doesn't matter what gender either person is. That doesn't change. And nobody does this, anyway, men don't dress up as women to lurk in the ladies room for kicks.

The Post:
In seeking to rally support for overturning the law at referendum, Del. Neil C. Parrott (R-Washington) has focused on the supposed risks it may pose in public restrooms. But Mr. Parrott opposed the anti-discrimination legislation several years ago when it did not even include public accommodations.

Republican legislators opposed the legislation en masse, much as they opposed extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants two years ago. In the case of the tuition issue, Maryland voters demonstrated that they were more tolerant than opponents predicted; when Republicans forced that legislation onto the state ballot in 2012, voters upheld it at referendum by a wide margin.

Mr. Parrott and his allies need to gather more than 55,000 petition signatures to compel a vote on the anti-discrimination bill. If they accomplish that, Maryland voters will again have a chance to demonstrate their preference for tolerance.
In Montgomery County they collected a good number of signatures, but so many were fraudulent and fake that the courts threw the petitions out. This guy Parrott has his own web site for these kinds of petitions, and maybe he has checked with a lawyer to figure out how to get legal signers, but I have the feeling he will have a bunch of fakes again.

Part of the reason is that the Nutty Ones are afraid to show their faces. If they sign a legal petition, their name becomes public knowledge. I remember looking through the list last time, and seeing one of my neighbors had signed it. People like to hate but they don't like to own up to it. So I don't think a lot of people are going to put their real names on the petition, just like last time in MoCo.

25 Comments:

Anonymous you only have to ask Nate Silver said...

the liberal agenda's totalitarian nature is no longer masked:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304431104579548052289065492?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304431104579548052289065492.html

May 08, 2014 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is a lie Jim and you know it.

wow.
so many were fraudulent and fake ?
no, they threw 1/2 of the signatures out for the same reason that the fire fighters referendum had 1/2 thrown out. no middle name.
My own husband's signature - which I watched him sign - was one of those thrown out under those laws.

MD changed the signature verification rules forever because of the MC case.

the fire fighter's referendum had 1/2 their signatures thrown out as well.
was that also fraudulent and fake ?

May 08, 2014 8:08 PM  
Anonymous that magic Nate Silver said...

turns out that there was a layoff from the sequester last year

maybe MCPS can hire the guy

http://spectator.org/articles/59135/sequester-death-toll-one-job

May 09, 2014 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Nate Silver is freezing said...

first, it was "global warming"

then, "climate change"

now, "climate disruption"

anything other than a worldwide, year-round Mediterranean climate is proof of the need for immediate action to prevent TOTAL CATACLYSM!!!

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140509/OPINION01/305090004/0/OPINION01/Obama-s-climate-change-diversion

May 09, 2014 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Nate Silver is predicting said...

the gay agenda effort to shun those who don't share their views continues:

"The Home & Garden Television (aka HGTV) network announced Wednesday it has decided to pull the plug on an upcoming real estate reality show amid a firestorm of controversy from gay rights activists who accused the evangelical Christian hosts of being anti-gay and pro-life.

Twins David and Jason Benham had been in production for “Flip it Forward,” a show that was expected to debut in October on the nation’s seventh most-watched cable channel. According to Entertainment Weekly, the North Carolina brothers “would have followed families creating their dream homes from fixer-uppers.”

After the network announced the show was on the fall lineup, the militant lobbying group Right Wing Watch labeled David Benham, son of well-known evangelical pastor Flip Benham an “anti-gay extremist” and reported on comments he made about homosexuality, abortion and divorce.

The Benhams said they were saddened to hear about HGTV’s decision. “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it,” they wrote in a statement.

“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television, you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals,” they wrote.

Right Wing Watch took issue with Benham's support for a North Carolina amendment that protected traditional marriage and his support of the pro-life movement.

The brothers reject any accusations that they are anti-gay or discriminate. They said anyone who says otherwise is not telling the truth.

“As Christians we are called to love our fellow man,” they wrote. “Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying.”

“Over the last decade, we’ve sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views,” they wrote.

Radio host Janet Mefferd said this is a classic case of LGBT activists trying to marginalize and silence others.

“This is an effort by LGBT movement to silence the voices of people who do not agree with them on this issue and to send a message to the American public that anybody who does not get on board with their point of view does not deserve a place in the public square,” she said.

“In the 1950’s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy terrorized Americans whose views differed from his – resulting in the infamous Hollywood blacklists and people losing their jobs in the radio and television industry,” she said. “Sadly, thanks to 2014-style McCarthyism, history appears to be repeating itself.

May 09, 2014 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

Someone will ask whether putting one's name on a petition should become public knowledge. That is, does the right to speech extend to the right to anonymous speech.

May 09, 2014 11:18 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

A new study finds that if people have access to health insurance, they tend to live longer and healthier lives. Really, who would have guessed? The study is of the universal health care law in Massachusetts, which is nearly identical to the Affordable Care Act.

Researchers examined mortality data for counties in Massachusetts as well as similar areas in other states that didn’t expand health coverage. They found that the number of deaths per 100,000 people fell by about three percent in Massachusetts in the four years after the health reform law took effect. Meanwhile, they didn’t observe the same decline in other states…

So when you make sure people have access to health care, they’re healthier and live longer? And the difference is biggest for those who lacked that access previously? That’s astonishing.


You've got to hand it to Republicans for producing something helpful for a change - Obamacare.

May 09, 2014 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich trashed the White House on Thursday for using Walmart, an enemy of unions and fair-pay advocates, as a poster company for a new climate-change campaign.

Reich, who served under President Bill Clinton, called Walmart one of the country’s “worst employers,” with “low wages, unreliable hours, few benefits, discrimination against women and anti-union” offenses.

“What numbskull in the White House arranged this?” wrote Reich, now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. "This" referred specifically to President Barack Obama's plan to visit a Walmart store in Mountain View, California, to tout the company's efforts at increasing energy efficiency.

And despite Walmart’s heavily-marketed efficiency push, the company has a growing carbon footprint and has been accused of “greenwashing” its image to seem more environmentally conscious than it is.

“Its greenhouse emissions grew 2 percent last year to nearly half a million metric tons, and it lags badly behind other large companies on renewable power,” Reich wrote.

Since 2005, when Walmart began its efficiency drive, its greenhouse-gas emissions have risen 14 percent, according to a November 2013 report from the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

And it ranked far below such retailers as McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Starbucks in green-power usage.

May 09, 2014 4:16 PM  
Anonymous nate silver, baby! said...

five reasons no one believes Obama about global warming:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/05/08/the-insiders-five-reasons-voters-dont-believe-the-white-house-about-global-warming/

May 09, 2014 11:02 PM  
Anonymous I'm with Nate Silver on this one, Dems are going down said...

eight years after its beginning, Massachusetts' healthcare structure, the model for Obamacare, is such a financial disaster that the state is scrapping it and getting a bail-out from the Feds

when the Fed program falls apart, who will bail Obamacare out?

obviously, the taxpayer

but, sooner or later, the problem with socialism is, you run out of other people's money

will the American people still have enough money left, after eight years of Obama socialism, and irrational environmentalism, to pay any more taxes?:

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/massachusetts-romneycare-health-care-exchange-106362.html

May 10, 2014 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It looks like despite the efforts of jolly rancher Cliven Bundy and his rag-tag team of gun-toting lunatics, the rule of law in the Nevada and Utah deserts has not been disbanded after all. Via KLAS-TV:

The I-Team has confirmed that FBI agents have launched a formal investigation into alleged death threats, intimidation and possible weapons violations that culminated with a dangerous showdown on April 12, and the first people to be interviewed by FBI agents are Metro Police, starting with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillispie. [...]

Last week, the I-Team talked with Metro officers who intervened to protect the lives of federal employees from the 400 or so Bundy supporters and armed militia members. Officers told the I-Team they feared for their lives that day because of the assembled firepower, and because many in the crowd had pointed weapons at officers, taunted them, told them they should be ready to die. [...]

FBI agents also spoke to an entire squad of Metro officers, who were on the scene to act as a buffer between the crowd and the BLM. Bundy supporters have insisted in emails and calls to 8 News NOW that no one in the crowd pointed weapons at BLM or Metro, but officers told the I-Team that is exactly what they saw, that many with guns set up behind women and children.


Pointing guns at law enforcement agents and threatening to shoot them is, it turns out, a crime. Go figure."

May 10, 2014 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"eight years after its beginning, Massachusetts' healthcare structure, the model for Obamacare, is such a financial disaster that the state is scrapping it and getting a bail-out from the Feds"

Politico does not report any financial disaster with "Massachusetts' healthcare structure." It reports problems with the Massachusetts healthcare exchange:

The title of the Politico piece is Massachusetts ditches RomneyCare health exchange

In it, Politico reports:

"...Bay State officials are taking steps this week to junk central parts of their dysfunctional health insurance exchange — the model for President Barack Obama’s health care law — and merge with the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov.

The decision is part of an expensive plan that would occur alongside a parallel, last-ditch attempt to still build a working state system.

The state on Monday announced the hiring of hCentive, a Virginia-based contractor that helped construct the Kentucky and Colorado exchanges. The company would rush to build a viable state exchange in time for the next enrollment season, which begins Nov. 15.

But officials aren’t sure it’s possible to make that happen in less than six months. Given the narrow timeframe, they intend to simultaneously start shifting the Massachusetts exchange, known as the Connector, to HealthCare.gov....."


Obviously, Obamacare has greatly improved the system it was modeled on. In fact the federal exchange is so much better than Massachusetts' original exchange, that Massachusetts is trying to repair their exchange and/or rely on the federal exchange instead.

My how things change over time.

And now we even have Mr. Romney calling for an increase in the minimum wage.

A-ma-ZING!

May 10, 2014 11:35 AM  
Anonymous silver all around said...

"Obviously, Obamacare has greatly improved the system it was modeled on"

actually, the difference is the Feds can borrow and tax to make up for the losses

you missed this from the Politico article:

"A move by Massachusetts to the federal exchange would represent a symbolic blow for local Obamacare supporters"

what's falling apart in Mass will fall apart in the rest of America

May 10, 2014 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't miss it. That statement was political spin, not a fact.

Local Obamacare supporters should be proud the Obamacare health exchange runs more smoothly than the much older Romneycare exchange ever did.

May 10, 2014 12:59 PM  
Anonymous a sliver of silver said...

really?

ask the American voter if they think the Obamacare health exchange has been run smoothly

hahahahahahaha!!!

May 10, 2014 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Time to teach more facts said...

"actually, the difference is the Feds can borrow and tax to make up for the losses"

You are so misinformed, you must watch FAUX News all the time.

Do you think Massachusetts does not collect taxes and borrow money to pay its debts?

How do you think they pay for education, infrastructure and all the rest? It's all statewide in Massachusetts because the counties in Massachusetts, Romney's adopted home state, do not have county governments to raise taxes or to borrow for themselves.

Growing abolition of county government:

"By the 1990s, most functions of county governments (including operation of courts and road maintenance) had been taken over by the state, and most county governments were seen as inefficient and outmoded...."

"ask the American voter if they think the Obamacare health exchange has been run smoothly"

Everyone knows the Obamacare health care exchange got off to a rocky start, and now every knows it still managed to exceed projected enrollments despite that rocky start.

And certainly the citizens of Massachusetts know Obamacare's health exchange is much better than the Romneycare health exchange they have been struggling with for so long.

Are you still laughing?

May 10, 2014 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today Arkansas became the 18th state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

May 10, 2014 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do you think Massachusetts does not collect taxes and borrow money to pay its debts?"

oh, they collect tax

they can't do much more because the tax rate is already so high

but, the Feds can give me more money

and, no, they can't borrow

like most states, their constitution doesn't allow deficit spending

unfortunately, the Feds can borrow

beyond their means, in fact, since our strong democracy and military make us the safest place for global citizens to park their cash

good thing we have term limits

America might still be salvageable in 2017

any longer and Obama would probably give back Alaska to Putin

"Everyone knows the Obamacare health care exchange got off to a rocky start,"

they sure do

"and now every knows it still managed to exceed projected enrollments despite that rocky start"

oh, Massachusetts had a higher percent of their population enrolled than the national government does

there's more to it all than cancelling people's insurance and forcing them to pay more

any idea how much Obama spent on that website before he got it right?

yeah, he's Mr Competent

"And certainly the citizens of Massachusetts know Obamacare's health exchange is much better than the Romneycare health exchange they have been struggling with for so long."

except that Obama promoted it as a model while trying to get the American people to approve Obamacare, which they still haven't

in Massachusetts, health care costs are twenty percent higher than the rest of the country and the wait for a Dr appt is months longer

disaster is coming

"Are you still laughing?"

yeah, because Nate Silver agrees with me about the coming election

hohohohohohohohohoho!

May 10, 2014 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, you've been using these "Nate Silver" names for a while now, and saying he agrees with you on stuff, and I am not sure why. You know he's gay, and he probably doesn't actually agree with you about anything at all. Since the Republicans in Congress have done literally nothing but campaign to make Obama and the Democrats look bad for six years, it is not surprising if the public thinks they look bad. And that will show up in election results, for sure. And Nate Silver is good at predicting election outcomes, so is that what you are saying?

It would have been very different if Republicans had used these years to pass some conservative legislation, or do something productive. Maybe people would have been happy with them, we'll never know. They tried to repeal Obamacare fifty-plus times, and people are happy with that program. Now it's back to Benghazi, and people will think there must be something there, but nobody knows what. Something must have been wrong, or they wouldn't keep talking about it, right? Is the problem that they used talking points? Obama didn't say the word "terrorism" fast enough? Hillary doesn't sign her own memos? At some point the public is going to pay attention and wonder what the racket is about, and they will find that it is nothing but partisan wasting of tax money. But if the Republicans are lucky, the constant anti-Democrat droning will have planted the seed of a belief that there must be a problem with Hillary Clinton, with the Democrats, and maybe that will translate into votes in 2016. The GOP has become a purely negative party, running against the other guy and standing for nothing constructive.

Silver predicted the Republicans would pick up "six plus or minus five" seats in the Senate, which is essentially the same as saying he has no idea how it will come out. He also wrote, "The balance has shifted slightly toward the GOP. But it wouldn’t take much for it to revert to the Democrats, nor for this year to develop into a Republican rout along the lines of 2010." Pretty good story here: ABC News Warps Nate Silver’s Numbers In Order To Predict a Really Big Republican Senate Win.

May 10, 2014 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

History was made on Saturday as Michael Sam became the first openly gay NFL draft pick. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

May 10, 2014 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Antarctica Glaciers Collapsing, Adding to Sea-Level Rise
By Brian Clark Howard
National Geographic
PUBLISHED MAY 12, 2014

"A massive glacier system in West Antarctica has started collapsing because of global warming and will contribute to significant worldwide sea-level rise, two teams of scientists warn in a pair of major studies released Monday.

Scientists had previously thought the two-mile-thick (3.2 kilometers) glacier system would remain stable for thousands of years, but new research suggests a faster time frame for melting.

A rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline and will sink into the sea, scientists at the University of California, Irvine and NASA reported Monday.

"This retreat will have major implications for sea-level rise worldwide," said Eric Rignot, a UC-Irvine Earth science professor and lead author of a study to be published in a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

The study presents evidence, based on 40 years of observations, that six big glaciers in the Amundsen Sea "have passed the point of no return," Rignot said on a Monday conference call with reporters.

The glaciers contain enough ice to raise global sea level by 4 feet (1.2 meters) and are melting faster than most scientists had expected, which will require adjusting estimates of sea-level rise, said Rignot, who is also a glaciologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

At their current rates of melting, he said, these glaciers would disappear in about two centuries, though "it could proceed faster or slower."...

Unstable Ice

Rignot says that once the six glaciers near the coast melt, it is possible that the rest of the ice in West Antarctica could eventually follow. As a result of this new evidence published in Geophysical Research Letters, forecasts for global sea-level rise will likely need to be adjusted.

Joughin says that the collapse of the Thwaites glacier in particular could endanger much of the rest of the huge West Antarctic Ice Sheet, since the systems are connected.

"Imagine trying to take out part of a building and expecting the other half to keep on standing," he says.

If the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet did melt, sea level would rise 11 feet (3.3 meters), according to previous research. (See "Rising Seas" in National Geographic magazine.)

Joughin says the breakup of the Thwaites glacier will resemble mechanical failure more than straight-up melting.

The ice will slide into the ocean, where it will break off and float away, adding to the volume of water in the sea.

A mixture of rock and frozen water has been holding the glacier back. Contrary to recent thinking, however, the glacier is no longer being held in place, Joughin says.

The ice shelf that has extended out over the ocean is melting, thanks to warmer temperatures, and that has decreased the friction that has held the glacier behind it in place. As pieces of the shelf break off, more of the ice behind it slides forward.

"It's a little like how you get more flow out of a thicker hose than a thinner hose," says Joughin, referring to an acceleration of the glacier sliding into the ocean.

Scientists had previously thought that a sill of bedrock, a vertical rock formation under the ocean, was holding back the advance of the glacier like a dam. But the work of Joughin and team suggests melting has greased the way over the rock."

May 12, 2014 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Part 1 said...

I do not regularly get asked about my genitalia. Isn’t that odd?

How is the world supposed to know if I’m male or female if I’m not required, at a moment’s notice in a “let me see your papers” sort of way, to give a graphic description on the state of my sexual organs and my reproductive capabilities? I mean, I am in possession of a passport and a number of bank accounts, and yet I have never once been asked to doff my trousers in order for the authorities to carry out any sort of gender confirmation.

It’s not just the government that is dangerously lax in this area, though. You won’t believe this, but people have never stopped me on the street in order to confirm that, yes, the baritone of my voice is genuine. How can I be trusted then to access the appropriate gendered facilities, like public bathrooms, if people don’t know what’s between my legs?

Are we not, therefore, running the risk of dangerous situations in public accommodations whereby, by some ill fated chance, a poor, nosy member of the public might happen a glance over the restroom stall or behind the curtain of the cubicle in which I’m changing (because I’m the modest sort and, I don’t know about you, but find public accommodations to be about as appealing as any one of the circles of Hell) and they should get a peek at my sunlight-deprived necessaries. Why, that would be just so offensive as to warp all sense of reality.

This is ridiculous, isn’t it? But it’s the standard that is currently being applied to Maryland’s historic transgender rights law. PFOX, among other groups, are leading the charge to put this bill on the ballot so that a concerted group of anti-trans folk can try to clip what should be a basic human right: accessing public facilities without having to justify your gender.

Another thing: seen as how we all seem very concerned with what it means to be a “real” man or “real” woman, for instance when writer Janet Mock was quizzed about exactly when she “became a woman” by Piers Morgan earlier this year, I suppose I really should take some sort of test — you know, to confirm just how manly I am because, no, it’s never been asked of me before and I’m rather puzzled by that fact. Though, what standard should we use?

It can’t be anything as crude as being sex assigned at birth by a breathless attending doctor who has barely scanned my nether-regions because, as we know, this can be terribly mean. An inch too short in the male member department, a lack of testicle heft and some unforgiving doctor labels you penile deficient, soon lobs off the necessaries, and sends you home “a girl.” Then begins the slow and psychologically damaging work of undoing this mistake (and make no mistake it can be nothing short of torture) — year after year of returning one’s physical appearance to the gender that, had anyone just waited to ask, you would have demonstrated by grace of time and through your own free agency.

Sadly, that’s a reality for many people who are born with what are often classed as indeterminate genital characteristics, and in some places in the world, including in the USA, it’s still happening today.

Well, it’s all in our genes though, isn’t it? I hear that a lot when it comes to talking about whether transgender people should be given common human respect. The notion that you can change what’s on the outside but the genes will always out. “They’ll never be real women, because their genes say otherwise.”

May 13, 2014 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Part 2 said...

Yet we privileged masses who are lucky enough to roughly comport with the sex we were handed by our doctors and parents at birth are never asked to take a genetic test so as to confirm to the world that, yes, that stonking great big guess made at the beginning of our lives with no insight into who we actually are as people, is indeed on the mark. Maybe there’s good reason for that, though. You see, we might have a little secret of our own.

Our patchwork of chromosomes is terribly unreliable in this area. You might think it’s as neat as XX and XY but, sadly, no. Why, you could be sitting next to an XXY on the bus and be entirely unaware of the extra letter. They’re not required to wear a sign or anything. In fact, unless you’ve had a particular test for it, you yourself might carry one of these slight deviations. So what about our manhood or womanhood? Well, I’ve always identified as male, so the world is kind enough to agree.

Those on the religious right, and their enablers who don’t confront these notions, trot out false concerns about (near to nonexistent) sexual and physical assaults in public bathrooms — even though studies say those who are trans are far more likely to suffer this ill fate than mostly any other demographic, in addition to the joblessness and homelessness that prejudice means they also suffer — even though we wouldn’t subject birth-sex aligned people to what activists are now rightly calling gender inquisition.

In this light, we know that these so-called concerns are all blatantly prejudiced and offensively ridiculous If we’re not prepared to discuss our genitals every single time we have to confront a gender assumption — from gendered changing rooms in our gyms to filling out a form and checking the gender identifier for a bank loan — we need to stop expecting those who were forced to have later-life gender confirmation to justify their identity.

Quite simply, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, there’s no good reason why it should be our business what gender someone identifies as at all.

http://www.care2.com/causes/dont-you-think-its-odd-no-one-is-asking-you-about-your-genitals.html

May 13, 2014 9:20 AM  
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