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Sex is Biological. Gender is Sociological.

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Gender is not physiological, meaning the word “gender” is not determined by “the normal functioning of an organism” and their part’s physical and chemical components.

The definition of gender is not opinion it is common terminology within the scientific community. For example, a baby is assigned a sex according to physical and chemical attributes; they are not assigned a gender, as this is a sociological term to be determined later in life.

Gender “refers more broadly to an individual’s subjective perception of their sex. Generally speaking, gender identity entails self-appraisal according to the traits most often associated with one sex or the other, and these can be influenced to some degree by cultural norms.”   ~ National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI, a branch of NIH)

The very public debate over bathroom ownership has been warped by the media. I can’t unequivocally explain why, but the result has created a rift between two sides (for simplicity sake) who are debating air. Debate can only reconcile perspectives when both sides have common interpretation of basic jargon.

The side opposing transgender restrooms say gender can’t be self-defined because it is a biological fact. Whereas the pro side believes gender is malleable, and is based on feeling rather than physical attributes.

There is little chance either opinion will contribute to a civil and rational debate if one side defines gender as biological sex, male and female and the other defines gender as sociological and self-determining. Holding to an agreement to agree to define gender sociologically, we can move forward.


 

Public Bathrooms by Design

For practical reasons, public restrooms are constructed not by gender, but by physical accessibility and biological sex. The functional fixtures in Men’s rooms are urinals and the Ladies rooms have private stalls. Without going too much into what is obvious to most, men stand, while women sit. The more exposed one is, the greater privacy the general public expects. Men’s rooms often have stalls as well, for the same reason as the ladies.

A FNC host two weeks ago pronounced, I’m paraphrasing, “women’s rooms have stalls, what’s the big deal.” By virtue of the typical construction of a public bathroom, and the predominating societal acceptance of the male and female arrangement separating the two sexes, it can be inferred that a reasonable expectation of privacy exists, as I understand the law.

On the other hand, it is not illegal for a man to dress as a female or a woman to dress as a man.

If a man dressed in a dress, having all outward appearance (or at the very least, attempt to look like a woman) to be a woman, walks into a men’s room because the law maintains logical expectation of privacy to birth gender, eyebrows will rise and perhaps great discomfort and indignation for everyone involved. The same holds if a female enters the women’s room appearing in every way to be a man.

“Existing rules prevented businesses from discriminating against customers based on race, age, religion, and gender, and the new ones added gay, lesbian, or transgender customers to the list. The most controversial provision allows transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender with which they identify”. ~ The Atlantic, March 24, 2016

It is not black and white like the media, left or right leaning, would like the public to believe.


 

Bathrooms in there Nature are Distinctly Private

Media suppressed, including Fox News, previous action from the Charlotte City Council. In other words, the North Carolina legislature did not act unprovoked. In February of this year, after failing once before, Charlotte voted and passed a city ordinance REQUIRING businesses to allow transgender men and women to use the bathroom of their choice.  Read Governor Pat McCrory’s rebuttal to media outrage over HB2.

Supporters of the Charlotte City Council law readily expressed concern “that transgender people are at risk of violence in the bathroom.

Inexplicably, “with opponents mostly worried about the safety of women and girls in a public bathroom with people who were born male,” the supporting side called those fears “overblown.” Read full article HERE.

This original Ordinance has been reinstated since HB2 passed in the NC State Legislature:

Article III. Public Accommodations

Sec. 12-59. – Prohibited sex discrimination.

(a) It shall be unlawful to deny a person, because of sex, the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of a restaurant, hotel, or motel.
(b) This section shall not apply to the following:
(1) Restrooms, shower rooms, bathhouses and similar facilities which are in their nature distinctly private.
(2) YMCA, YWCA and similar types of dormitory lodging facilities.
(3) A private club or other establishment not, in fact, open to the public.
(Code 1985, § 12-39)


 

Every year another 293,000 Americans will survive the greatest threat to privacy imaginable.

In the US each year there is an average of 293,000 victims of sexual assault; 1 victim every 107 minutes.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network) does not discriminate against sex or gender identity. Their statistics are relative to all Americans.

17.7 million American Women have been a victim of attempted or completed rape.

9 of every 10 victims were female.

98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail or prison.

Victims of sexual assault are:

3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

This topic revolves around Transgender’s safety, anguish, suicide and homicide rates and privacy. Victims of sexual assault have survived the greatest threat to privacy imaginable. The statistics don’t rival transgender stats, they include them.

A transgender man who, by all physical appearance looks like a man, is not given permission to break the agreement that a bathroom “by it’s nature is distinctly private.” Any transgender who is a survivor of sexual assault understands a violation of privacy and the reasons it should be protected.

I don’t know what the answer is, but all in or all out, isn’t right. An executive violation of my privacy definitely isn’t right. The two sides must come together and stop using the people as a social experiment.