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Equal Access Makes Some More Equal Than Others

In his 1946 dystopian novel Animal Farm, George Orwell made the assertion that "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."  A similar sentiment might be applied today to the battle for who will have access to which bathroom, locker room and shower. 

Privacy for AllAdvocates of access based on gender identity as opposed to biological reality have long argued that equality demands a change in access rules and that to deny their progressive access policies constitutes discrimination.  But is this correct? 

Open access advocates believe that a boy that feels like a girl should be able to access the girls' bathroom.  But, that same boy also has access, as a boy, to the boys' bathroom.  Is the policy then that all individuals can access whatever bathroom they wish?  Of course not.  A boy that enters the girls locker room at school just to take look will still be escorted to the principal's office.  And a man that enters the women's restroom at the bus station will likely be arrested. 

Apparently only those that believe biology has betrayed them are "more equal than others" and can access whatever bathroom, shower or locker room they wish. 

Special privileges for a select few who claim discomfort in traditionally sex separated facilities is not just a fringe notion.  President Obama's Department of Justice has endorsed the idea claiming that Title IX, an education amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, requires access to traditionally sex separated school facilities based on self-assessed gender identity.  Title IX has never been interpreted as barring separate bathrooms for men and women.  Nor is the DOJ now suggesting that we tear down the "boys" and "girls" signs.  But they are saying that Title IX's prohibition on discrimination based on sex also applies to discrimination based on gender identity.  In other words, it is permissible to keep school facilities separated by sex, but each individual gets to decide which sex he or she is. 

If the emperor says he is fully dressed, don't believe your lying eyes.  

Bathrooms, showers and locker rooms should be safe places.  Equality and a prohibition on discrimination should mean that all of us are equally entitled to our privacy in places where individuals disrobe, and all should be free of discrimination that would allow a select few to intrude on the privacy of so many others. 

No biological male should expose himself to a girl against her will.  No girl should be forced to disrobe in a place where a biological male might enter.  And the same applies to a biological female exposing herself to a boy and a boy disrobing where a biological female might enter.  These basic rules apply regardless of how sincere one is in rejecting their birth body.  Sincerity does not trump nakedness. 

In California, Privacy For All is collecting signatures for an initiative that will assure that publicly owned bathrooms, locker rooms and showers in the Golden State remain sex separate.  And it will also prohibit lawsuits being filed against private owners of facilities that are open to the public if they choose to keep their facilities sex separate. 

PFA needs to collect 500,000 signatures from registered California voters, postmarked by December 14, to qualify the Personal Privacy Protection Act.  For more information and to download a petition that can be signed and mailed back, visit www.privacyforall.com. 

Karen England is a privacy advocate and a spokesperson for Privacy For All, the moving force behind the California “Personal Privacy Protection Act” Initiative now gathering petitions for the 2016 ballot.

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