It’s not politically correct to say that a transgender person is confused about where his/her/nirs/vis/eirs/hirs/zirs/xyrs physical form intersects his/her/nirs/vis/eirs/hirs/zirs/xyrs mental perception.
But what we can say without fear of upsetting the PC police is that top-level policy directives which only benefit a miniscule portion of the nation’s population sure are confusing a lot of folks whose understanding of the genitalia they’ve always carried is a bit more… traditional.
Here are a couple of interesting statistics the Daily Caller pointed out this week:
Exactly 0.3 percent of Americans are transgender, according to a 2011 report from the Williams Institute.
That study pegged the number of transgenders in America at around 700,000 people. Or, to put it differently: 99.7 percent of Americans aren’t transgender.
And 0.3 percent might actually be too high of a number. The Williams Institute’s researchers arrived at the commonly-cited 0.3 percent figure by averaging the results of two studies — one in Massachusetts and one in California.
For comparison, 56.7 million Americans report having some form of disability— nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population. That’s why there are laws mandating that public facilities ensure accessibility.
Now think about this, there are somewhere around 49 million children between the ages of 0 and 11 in the U.S.
If you’ve ever been a parent, you know the public bathroom struggle is real. You’ve looked for those scarce family restrooms where you can happily herd couple of toddlers into a relatively confined private space and comfortably keep an eye on them without having to worry about the sickening potential for urinal cake exploration. When you can’t find one, children at the lower end of the age spectrum usually just head into whichever public restroom their parents are supposed (chose?) to use. As they age, depending on the child’s sex and which parent they’re with, things become trickier. The end result is usually nervous parents shuffling around the outside of the opposite sex bathroom, listening for anything that could mean trouble.
The odds of something unthinkable happening in a public restroom in such a short time with a parent so nearby are pretty low. But it isn’t unheard of— and worrying about this kind of stuff comes with the territory.
If that weren’t enough to make a trip to the local superstore sound harrowing for folks with youngsters in tow, now there’s another problem. And it has nothing to do with transsexuals who have yet to master the use of a urinal.
Because policymakers have decided to make such a big deal about the right to choose where to pee, some Americans are a little on edge about what has been a pretty routine… eh routine… for most of their lives.
Right or wrong, thanks to the Obama administration’s efforts to raise awareness about the plight of people who don’t feel right about dresses and stick men on bathroom signs, folks are becoming hyperaware of what’s happening as they relieve themselves. And it’s making some of them do ridiculous stuff.
There was that Target bathroom guy who wanted to make a point about the ease of using the ladies’ room as an obvious man.
And now, we have this story about this poor guy whose 5-year-old daughter needed to use the bathroom in a Utah Wal-Mart.
Christopher Adams said his 7-year-old son, Kyler, and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, both had to go when the family visited the store Sunday to buy blinds and storage bins, so he took them both inside the men’s restroom in the back of the store.
“This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams recalled Tuesday. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the ‘F-bomb,’ and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”
Adams said the man told him it was “inappropriate,” and soon began to push him after Adams gave him a terse response.
The father said he tried to usher his kids away from the man.
“When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched right here,” Adams said, pointing to his left eye, which still was bruised.
From there, Adams said he was punched in the face and kicked in the knee multiple times during the struggle in which the dad ultimately defended himself, forcing the man out of the restroom.
“I just slammed him on the ground and just held him until associates from Walmart could get there,” Adams said.
When the government asks people to abandon common sense, they listen.