This HB2 debate is also a feminism debate. I’m sure the arguments have been made the other way, but all I’m hearing is “If a ‘man’ uses the restroom with my daughter…” as though little girls are inherently more at risk than little boys, or that transgender women are more likely to commit an attack in the restroom than transgender men.
Keep in mind, there’s been 0 attacks by transgender individuals in restrooms (unless you count all the times transgender individuals have been assaulted in restrooms).
There’s one of two ways this argument could result. Either those making this argument believe that girls would suffer more harm from exposure to male genitalia than boys to female genitalia, or that transgender women are more likely to attack a girl than a transgender man is to attack a boy.
On the first argument, there is nothing inherently scary or damaging to be exposed to genitals. Many countries allow genitals to be on regular television because they realize there’s nothing wrong with this. It is when such exposure is meant as sexual gratification, dominance, or to frighten or harm that it becomes damaging.
To think that girls have to be protected from this non-damaging exposure when boys do not is saying that girls are not capable of processing sexual organs like boys can. Since girls mature sooner than boys, biologically, they should be more apt to handle it than boys.
When it comes to sexual assault (the damaging exposure), this is only done by people who have some defect in their brain. They receive sexual gratification or a sense of power from it and normal people do not feel this way. Transgender people are typically victimized themselves by these same people.
On the second argument that a transgender female is more likely to commit an attack than a transgender male holds no water as well. There have been 0 attacks by transgender individuals. I cannot say that enough.
In this argument, you would have to assume that being trans female is a mental imbalance because certain types mental imbalances are what causes people to commit sexual assault. If that is the case, you would be materially misunderstanding what being transgender is as well as showcasing your misogyny. It is misogynistic to believe that a transgender female is an illness when transgender male is not.
The misogyny arises because you assume someone would want to become a man, but becoming a female does not make sense.
Feel free to comment, share, or ask questions, but keep any attacks off of here. Also, feel free to check out my legal analysis of the pitfalls of HB2 here.