I could say nothing. I could just let it go, seeing as my butting in won’t change anyone’s minds anyway.
Well fuck it. I’m gonna say it here. One of my blessed cousins has posted something offensive on facebook, which seems appropriate, right? (note the subtle sarcasm)
Normally I’d just block her and move on. I’m down to like 15 people total that I haven’t blocked. People keep posting mean stuff on facebook, stuff that makes me angry. I don’t want to spend my time being angry with people I barely know, so I just move on. Just block them. Just don’t worry about it because you’re not going to change anyone’s mind by lashing out on friggin facebook of all things.
But this one I’m having a hard time with.
To get to the meat of the matter, there’s a lot of politics in the past year about whether or not a transgender person should use the public toilet according to the gender of their birth or the gender of their choosing. It’s all quite stupid, clearly just more hate mongering by campaign managers in an election year. Transgender people have been using whatever toilet where they can blend in with the crowd for–well, I don’t know how long exactly. However long people have been capable of switching genders. Decades? At least a couple of decades. Longer than that if you include cross dressers. (Also I love that no one’s mentioning homosexuals in this whole conversation. Clearly they’ve won over the people at this point, so the media is turning to the next target.)
So anyhow dear cousin posted some meme (politically branded, btw. Some dude called Mark Spense. I dunno. Never heard of him, but he sounds like a dickhead.) The meme was about boycotting Target, and “enjoy bankruptcy” and there was a bible verse about — hold on let me check. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.” Isaiah 5:20. That one.
I had no idea what it was about, so I Googled it and quickly found that Target had officially stated that they weren’t concerned with which bathroom a transgendered person used. Seems like the obvious stance to take, and it’s an embarrassing statement on modern US society that they felt the need to make such a statement in the first place. Here we are breaking barriers willy nilly, first with the religious denominations, then the races–Irish and the African Americans and the Native Americans, then Women, then biracial couples, then homosexuals. We’re still working on it being socially acceptable to be atheist, but it’s coming, I’m sure.
But then some asshole puts the words “transgender” and “pervert” together and now there’s all this god damn drama about what people are doing in the fucking toilet. It’s amazing how people weren’t getting raped in the handicapped stall by the evil transgendered people this time last year — OR ANY TIME IN THE PAST EVER. Why are people so freaked out about this all of a sudden? What the actual hell? Are people so desperate for any excuse to exercise their righteous anger that they will cling to any morsel of hate offered to them?
And what are people going to do, demand to see proof that a woman is actually a woman? That would be pretty hard considering I’m pretty sure surgical techniques have progressed to the point where it gets pretty hard to tell these days. Even if you could tell, how would that even go? “Hey strange person I’ve never met. I have a suspicion that you weren’t born a man. Expose your genitals to me so that I can be sure that you won’t leer at me while I’m at the urinal.”
More likely it’s going to be an actual born and bred man with a slight build getting beaten up for “being a tranny and a pervert.” Or a largely built woman like myself getting shamed and gossiped about by strangers, shielding their kids from my view. Already people are proudly broadcasting how evil these people are on the internet and across the media. How very Christian of all of you.
Okay, so back to the point. I tried. I really tried to not say anything. But then my mom posted that it’s a conversation that she and I should stay out of, and that made me angry, too. I mean, I get it. It will only cause drama and it won’t accomplish anything, but still. I hate that the “right” thing to do is stay silent and allow the bullies to go unchecked.
So here’s how I checked her, for my own edification. I typed the whole thing out, but then I chickened out and deleted it. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to copy it first.
I’m sorry mom, but you raised a hard headed daughter, and she’s caught her cousin thumping her bible and bullying strangers on the internet. I fully accept the consequences of this rage rant, and if anyone’s offended by my defense of a minority group being persecuted, I probably don’t like you, anyway.
Christ almighty, people. What the crap do you think transgender people are doing in the toilet? Do you think they go in there to leer at people while they take a dump? Do you think that just because a woman was born a boy that she’s automatically going to be furiously masterbating to the sound of piss hitting water in the stall next to you?
I’ll tell you what transgender people are doing in the bathroom. They’re peeing! Just like everyone else! I can assure you that these people have had a very difficult time with their gender identity, and the last thing they want is draw attention to themselves in a public toilet.
So no, I doubt there is any evil going on in the toilets at Target. And if there is some evil, statistically speaking it’s probably not a transgender person doing it.
But go ahead and boycott Target. I’m sure they’ll miss your business terribly.
Well anyway, since I can’t post this where I’d like to, I’ll just post it on my own wall and the the cards fall where they may. I feel better now.