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"Peace. And the American Way of Plumbing."
It's come down to this. As in down the toilet.

The electorate is divided far more than ever in my sentient lifetime. There's an epidemic of deaths by pills and stronger stuff than pills which is overtaxing our medical, legal and support systems. Sabres are rattling at every border and across every sea. And yet the biggest problem which state after state seems determined to address is,.....

BATHROOMS?!?

It seemed, ever so briefly, that our society was ready to accept the idea of gender identity being something not always predetermined.  Oh, we'd had the occasional outlier among the famous- Renee Richards in the 70s, the first of the Wachowskis a decade or so ago- but it was probably the Caitlyn Jenner reveal that turned the tide.  Maybe it's the same thinking as "only Nixon could go to China," but it couldn't hurt having a Republican-supporting former Olympian becoming the face of transgender acceptance.  Except among those who are still stuck with their own hang-ups and want to create problems where they don't exist.

Why, people, why?

There is one, and only one, reason that our Constitution does not extend the most fundamental of rights- of equality- to more than half of our population on account of gender: bathrooms.  The OMG! factor was compelling enough for some states to reject the notion of equality and even for others to attempt to rescind their ratifications- all, together, pronouncing the measure as dead, probably for all time.

And now, after years of slow acceptance and reasoned regulation in areas where government has more influence- such as in education, where federal regulations require schools to adopt policies to deal with the special needs of trans students- state legislatures are fighting back with laws- openly referred to as "bathroom bills"- which impose unheard-of levels of regulation and pre-emption of home rule, all to protect our children from "predators."

Frankly? I'm much more worried about running into straight Republican legislators in a men's room than I am of a self-identifying trans guy.

We all need to grow the fuck up.  Yes, I remember locker room anxiety from when I was in junior high school.  I got over it. Even entering Cornell, it was a bit shocking to go through the ritual of having to pass a swim test in order to matriculate; they told us this, and I expected it, but I did not know that the He-Man tradition of the day was that everyone just jumped in nekkid. Got over that, too.

Even before the ERA debacle, I remember there being something both funny and stupid about this whole fascination with human excretion.  Got 26 minutes or so? Watch this M*A*S*H episode from its second season.  It's not embeddable, but other than the quote in the header, there's no one real killer moment in it anyway- in it, an overworked and sleep-deprived Hawkeye realizes what the Korean war is really all about:

Why are the North Koreans bombing us? What do they want? We have guns, they have guns, we have tanks, they have tanks, what could we possibly have that they want? ....This war will go down in history as the Battle of the Bathroom.

Whereupon, Our Hero proceeds to tie the Officer's Latrine to a Jeep and start driving it to the North Koreans- with a General (in)conveniently inside. 

Yes, it's absurd.  But so is everything that's happening today.
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angledge From: angledge Date: April 23rd, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait wait wait.... you did your swim test nekkid??

Edited at 2016-04-23 02:44 pm (UTC)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 24th, 2016 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
You didn't?

Maybe it was just a Teagle thing.
angledge From: angledge Date: April 24th, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

No, I did not!

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