Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

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Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Conservatives have always been a demographic group obsessed with policing this nation’s genitals.

They feel comfortable with ordinances that mandate, what they do, how we use them, what body orifices they enter, and—now with transgender bathroom bills up for debate across the country—where we take them to go relieve ourselves.

If the state of Virginia wasn’t serious I could laugh off their Republicans lawmakers’ suggestion that “Adults must check children’s private parts before entering restroom.” And, if a transgender child should violate the state’s bathroom ordinance he or she will be slapped with a $50.00 fine. House Bill 663, which was filed this week, states  a students’ gender is “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy.” The bill, however, didn’t state what action it would take for repeated offenders.

HB 663 is receiving an avalanche of outcry from the state’s progressive and LGBTQ populations.  “This is what the conservative movement has devolved into,” LGBTQ activist Tim Peacock wrote on his blog, “forcing children to allow adults to examine their genitals out of misplaced fear that transgender  kids and adults might commit a hypothetical never-before-seen act of violence or sexual aggression (that would still be against the law with or without transgender protections).”

Across the country, however, this sort of amped-up fear-mongering of the “predatory heterosexual male pervert” or “Peeping Tom” has either halted or canned movement forward in getting needed transgender public accommodations bills passed.  And the obstructionist claims against the bill, purporting to have nothing against transgender people, goes something like this one published in “The Federalist” by Kaeley Triller, a Christian mother of two:

"Let me be clear: I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children.”

To date there is no evidence to corroborate Triller’s fear. As a matter-of-fact, Media Matters, a progressive news watchdog, report no incident from the seventeen largest school districts in the country that have adopted policies for transgender students to have access to “gender-appropriate facilities. ”

And according to a study put out by the UCLA’s Williams Institute, an LGBTQ think