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    Default Transgender 'agenda' fought by unlikely alliance...

    Y-e-s, YES and yes, I know the Washington Times is a connn-serv-ah-tive news source (thus any word written must be dismissed).

    However, I knew there was going to be conflict, cross purposes, and conflation here... saw it coming around the corner. And AS usual women are most impacted:

    From article:


    “I guess you would call it strange bedfellows, radical feminists and conservatives and religious people who are all just trying to protect women and girls,” said Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at Heritage. “It’s that simple. It’s not a big mystery.”

    Given that “politics is the art of coalition building,” the partnership shouldn’t come as a surprise, said Jennifer Braceras, director of the Independent Women’s Law Center.

“But I do think that there is something deeper here, and that is that some feminists and many women on the right share an essentialist view of what it means to be female,” Ms. Braceras said. “We share the view that sex — as opposed to gender — is biological, and we understand that men and women are different in some important ways that impact policy.”

    Their priorities include opposing the Equality Act, passed by the House in May, which would amend federal civil-rights law to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Foes warn that it would outlaw sex-specific public accommodations such as restrooms, locker rooms and prisons, as well as women’s sports, which supporters deny.

    Transgender agenda fought by unlikely alliance: Radical feminists and conservative women

    Trans Athletes Are Posting Victories and Shaking Up Sports
    Last edited by Zacha341; November-11-19 at 05:47 AM.

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    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits."
    Albert Einstein

    "You can't fix stupid"
    Ron White

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    The international sports league has already proven that there is a 15% difference in competing men verses women,there is a reason men and women sports teams were in different categories.

    Just like the woman who is trying to do the whole sex change process on her 6 year old son,I have a friend whose daughter is in high school where you are not cool unless you slept with another woman.

    12 year olds sex texting.

    Steroids are banned from sports because they place an unfair advantage in competition but yet it is okay for a man to be involved in woman's sports.

    I think it is a contest on who can come up with the most ludicrous ideas.

    It is coming down to in a first date scenario instead of asking what job one works, it is,can I take a peek down there to see if you have any extra equipment that I should know about?

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    This has simply gone too far... I was watching a news program on Youtube the other day that showed a high school girls track & field competition where 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were all transgender! They had also been breaking long standing school records, and the times were not even close.

    These athletes had the muscle tone, build, facial features (and athletic capability) of men, and I don't care what they wanted to be addressed as there was no doubt that they did not belong on that track competing against women. The most disturbing part was listening to the 4th or 5th place female athlete talk about losing not only the opportunity to place, but how it might affect her opportunities in track after high school.

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    Yep. In the interest of protecting one group, another group is now being marginalized. Tell me how this is fair or equitable?

    Increasingly, even some of the radical feminists are starting divide and to bristle under the transgender agenda as it is being advanced (sports, incarceration centers, locker rooms, etc.).

    The sports disparity clearly speaks to biology and the crucial distinctions therein. Though to speak on such is to be transphobic.

    But more women in general are breaking the NEW shackles to do so!

    Women will be the voice of change here.
    Last edited by Zacha341; November-10-19 at 04:37 PM.

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    I kinda think it is cool that as a man I can now hang out in the woman’s locker room and if somebody calls me a perv I can sue them.

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    ^^^Yep, men still come out on top (if the reasoning is about equality----)

    Very few men will complain if a transgendered/ female-to-male or any woman for that matter use their lavatories/ bathrooms!

    But how's about the other way around?

    So much for the progress.

    More women are becoming WOKE to how this is eh' working out!
    Last edited by Zacha341; November-10-19 at 07:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zacha341 View Post
    ^^^Yep, men still come out on top (if the reasoning is about equality----)

    Very few men will complain if a transgendered/ female-to-male or any woman for that matter use their lavatories/ bathrooms!

    But how's about the other way around?

    So much for the progress.

    More women are becoming WOKE to how this is eh' working out!
    Setting aside the sports thing for a moment........

    I don't really get the reasoning behind washrooms being sorted by sex in the first place.

    In your home, presumably, mom, dad, brother, sister, husband/wife all use the same facilities.

    Its easy enough to address privacy concerns by extending stall to the floor and having the come close enough to the ceiling that no one is poking their head or cell phone over for a peek.

    People can wash their hands at the same sink fear of violence or moral calamity.

    Its much more efficient to run unisex washrooms, that way you don't have complaints in workplaces or concert/sports venues when crowds skew towards one sex vs the other.

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    I should add, Toronto is inching in this direction, as of now, all new community recreation centres in Toronto have universal change rooms. (no not showers); but changing areas are private for each person, and you're expected to be clothed/swimsuit in any common areas.

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    In respect of sports the difference in physical ability as it relates to higher muscle mass of males in particular (along w/size/reach etc.0 is the reason for making the sexual distinction in sport.

    Not all sports make meaningful distinctions.

    (Boxing/Wrestling use weight classes, but track and field makes no differentiation based on height/leg length)

    That said, in general, where distinctions on sex are removed, it will severely limit female participation at the top levels.

    I think how you address this is predicated on what you believe high-performance sport is about.

    If its about encouraging participation and promoting physical fitness, there should be more distinctions (weight class, height etc.) rather than fewer.

    If its only about Higher, Stronger, Faster for humanity, then remove all the barriers and the consequence be damned.

    I have an open mind on the subject, but expect most would prefer to maintain or increase distinctions rather than abolish them.

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    ^^^ Well most men don't care who's in the bathroom/ showers with them.

    But for example, when my daughter was young I wouldn't have relished the idea of her catching a glimpse of a mans anatomy (or admixture therein) as he turned from a urinal - not full zipped! So open urinals would have to go, if we're doing open bathrooms. Stalls only?

    But perhaps some feel and judge that their children or girls in particular don't really need such un-progressive eh' um, protection?

    Yes sports FORCES objective thinking from the 'mind' on the subject while the bathroom remains arguably subjective!

    Again, men (per biology, even withstanding hormone treatments) will have an advantage against most women in sports. This needs be acknowledged (as you do) without fear of reprisals before who against who is addressed.

    But, as and since the world view proffered is that the sexes (um, 'genders') are the same (except for when it's expedient that they're not) we have a very, VERY long road towards equality.

    Ironically.
    Last edited by Zacha341; November-11-19 at 09:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Visitor View Post
    I don't really get the reasoning behind washrooms being sorted by sex in the first place.

    In your home, presumably, mom, dad, brother, sister, husband/wife all use the same facilities.

    Its easy enough to address privacy concerns by extending stall to the floor and having the come close enough to the ceiling that no one is poking their head or cell phone over for a peek.

    People can wash their hands at the same sink fear of violence or moral calamity.

    Its much more efficient to run unisex washrooms, that way you don't have complaints in workplaces or concert/sports venues when crowds skew towards one sex vs the other.
    The reasoning behind separate washrooms probably has a lot to do with the perceived safety of women. I wouldn't want my female relatives to go into some washrooms where there are all guys and no women hanging around even if they couldn't see into the stalls. Imagine women doing things they do in front of mirrors with some guys leering. That's another thing. If I just want to rinse my hands and get out, I don't want women blocking the sinks preening themselves.

    There are situations where separate facilities make no sense. My former mechanic in Rapid City, MI built a car repair shop. He griped that the building code required a men's and women's bathroom as there was seldom more than himself in the building. At large outdoor festivities, port-a-potties are lined up and no one thinks too much about who used them previously unless some guy didn't lift up the seat.

    As you mentioned, crowds do skew to one sex or the other. That problem could partially be handled wth a middle section that could be opened to either the men's or women's side as needed. Highway rest stops often have restroom overflow areas so one part of a bathroom can be cleaned.

    "Family" bathroom in big department stores make a lot of sense too. They are kind of a catch all for parents with multiple children, an overflow for overcrowded or bathrooms being cleansed, and a place for those who might be uncomfortable with there only being two sexes.

    In France, after paying to use a bathroom, sometimes there were female cleaners mopping in the common area behind guys using the urinals. Somehow, that was considered normal but men and women used separate bathrooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zacha341 View Post
    But for example, when my daughter was young I wouldn't have relished the idea of her catching a glimpse of a mans anatomy (or admixture therein) as he turned from a urinal - not full zipped! So open urinals would have to go, if we're doing open bathrooms. Stalls only?
    I would say first that I see no issue w/shifting urinals into stalls, or ditching them; or considering the 1/2 partitions you sometimes see that block 'side views'.

    Whatever, shrug.

    In respect of kids seeing the anatomy of the opposite sex, in a non-sexual context......I'm also a shrugger.

    Kids when young often share a bath or shower with a parent, sometimes of the opposite sex; in fact that's damned near universal outside North America where we can be fussier because water is much cheaper.

    Its what a body looks like, big deal. Now if someone is trying to get in your personal space w/their junking hanging out, that's a problem. (for a kid) (or anyone non-consensually).

    But I digress, because the point of universal design minimizes that risk.

    Still, all beaches in Ontario permit toplessness and Toronto has an all-ages nude beach on the islands; the world didn't and doesn't end because 'boobs!' LOL....or a penis....moving on.

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    On the specific issue of security, the thing about universal washrooms is they receive more total traffic (witnesses); and are easily patrolled by cleaning staff or security of either sex.

    When washrooms are single-sex; one set will often be under-served in those respects, at least in smaller buildings, because its a hassle if you have only one guard or one cleaner on duty.

    I would argue mixed-sex or unisex washrooms are likely to be safer, rather than less so.

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    On sports and the broader issue of equality; I think there is a need to differentiate in the public mind between equality and identicality (sameness).

    People of opposite sex (or intersex) or any gender identity can be equal, as in equally important, of equal value, with equal rights; but not be the same.

    Treatment that is equally fair or comparable may not appear the same.

    A great example is medications.

    This is an area women have been historically disadvantage in, in that that most medications were historically tested only on men, and differences in dosing for women were a simple body-mass guess.

    One could accept that the intention of excluding women as test subjects was a generous one, rather than sexist, but the effect is that medications which react differently based on sex may not have been correctly evaluated putting women's health at risk.

    The point in the example being that giving a woman the same dose of the same medicine for the same condition might be equal, but cause irreparable harm.

    Equality here ought to mean best attempt at equivalent outcome; which may in turn require treating a condition differently between the sexes.

    This is nuanced thinking that applies to many things from the serious to the trivial.

    For what purpose do we have 'women's sports'?

    I think straight-forwardly, the answer is to provide women the opportunities to participate in high-performance sport, both for the physical benefits, but also for the connections/comradeship than men enjoy, particularly in team sports.

    In, the U.S. uniquely, there is also the issue of athletic scholarships. I must confess, something I don't support at all, as I think universities are suppose to be academic institutions and sport at that level should be supporting quality of life, particularly for resident students; I don't think they should be given a place of special import as grounds for admissions or aid.

    That said, if one accepts the above as reasons for women's sports, blurring the line of who can participate based on gender identity does not serve that objective.

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    ^^^ Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Interesting point about medicines tested on men vs. women.

    Indeed there is alot here, not initially considered. That now must be.

    I'm glad we're having dialogue here where usually any push-back or questions are summed up as transphobia -- with silence the refuge for those not desiring such accusation.

    And yes, while occasionally seeing parents bodies in a shared household is not uncommon, I'd ABSOLUTELY not want my child (dare I say boy or girl) seeing strangers genitalia in public settings.

    NOPE.

    I certainly don't think I'd be alone in that! Or a have to be republican.
    Last edited by Zacha341; November-11-19 at 11:39 AM.

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    It is interesting how when it comes to climate change everybody is a moron for not listening to the scientific “proof” but when it comes to the science of there are two genders,male and female,it is a normal form of subjective thought.

    The “free the nipple” freethenipple.org has won in a few cites across the country,the right for women to go topless in public but yet they are not en mass running about topless given the opportunity.

    Maybe it is because they feel uncomfortable in doing so,so is the answer to force them?

    There are also topless or nude beaches in Florida and across the country,those who wish to choose to participate can by thier own freedom.

    In the military and other settings men shower in the presence of other men,women do not shower with the men.

    This is all about conformity and removing an individuals thoughts and feelings under the guise of equality and forcing others on the beliefs of a few,we are not robots and or drones,we are individuals that have the right to our individuality.

    On the sports aspect,a man becomes a woman and joins the woman’s sports team with a proven advantage,so what are the women allowed to do in order to level the playing field?

    How come you do not see women becoming men and joining the teams on a professional level?

    Maybe because they know there is a difference and they would have no advantage in doing so.

    We have a level of morals and beliefs as individuals and the laws and rules of the land have been established in those.

    That group of “American” Mormons that were attacked in Mexico was a shoot off of the Morman branch that moved to Mexico in order to continue the practice of multiple wife’s and the age limits of marriage.

    We as a country have decided that it was not acceptable to have multiple wives and marry 12 year olds.

    So should we also change that?

    Everybody is not equal so why try and force everybody to be equal?

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    Single-occupant, lockable restrooms?

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    ^ sure,do the numbers on the cost to implement single occupant rest rooms,each with its own plumbing system,it would be in the millions for places like stadiums and movie theaters,let alone the line that one would have to stand in.

    It is cool to see that you actually have input outside of what a link tells you how to think,makes me think that there is hope for humanity after all.

    Let alone the massive outcry against the male population for failing to put the seat down when they leave.

    Men (the ones with that little extra thing),go in the men’s room,women go in the women’s room,it is not that complicated.

    I could post pictures that show the difference between men and women because some seem confused,but this is a family site so I proably should refrain from doing so.
    Last edited by Richard; November-11-19 at 06:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimaz View Post
    Single-occupant, lockable restrooms?

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Sure, spend many billions of dollars to totally remodel and rebuild millions of public restrooms to accommodate the personal preferences of some transgender users. Sounds like an excellent plan!

    Even ignoring the huge costs and square footage requirements. In areas where they're not heavily monitored lockable, single user public restrooms bring along an entirely new set of problems. The least of which would be illegal drug use and of course the rest area and truck stop perverts that would routinely ignore the "single-occupant" designation.

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    So much contrived indignity, so few solutions.

    Stir 'em up s'more, boys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnny5 View Post
    Sure, spend many billions of dollars to totally remodel and rebuild millions of public restrooms to accommodate the personal preferences of some transgender users. Sounds like an excellent plan!
    huh?

    This is not expensive or complicated. Its replacing existing stalls with full height except for 1/8 inch gap at the top for air circulation.

    You can leave the 2 washrooms in a pair side by side as separate rooms for the time being in any simplistic reno.

    Later when due for large-scale renos, you simply create a single-point of entry door, blocking off the one you won't want to use anymore, and poke a single hole through the wall at some point that allows an internal door for circulation between the formerly discrete places.

    Its not complicated or expensive. There are lots of facilities like this all over the world already.

    I can't speak for Detroit's nightclubs, but its damned near the norm in Toronto's.

    And the benefits of change are far greater than any one person or small group's comfort, that's a nice side benefit.

    Unisex, washrooms with single-occupant stalls are much more cost-efficient, better at meeting capacity needs when a sex-imbalance occurs at a given location, and are safer rather than less safe.

    In areas where they're not heavily monitored lockable, single user public restrooms bring along an entirely new set of problems. The least of which would be illegal drug use and of course the rest area and truck stop perverts that would routinely ignore the "single-occupant" designation.
    And this is not a problem right now, in sex-specific washrooms?

    Really?

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    Which restroom should this person use?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimaz View Post
    So much contrived indignity, so few solutions.

    Stir 'em up s'more, boys!
    What would Thom Hartman say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meddle View Post
    Which restroom should this person use?


    For a moment I thought that was Wildthing

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cj26UoKQDQQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Wesson View Post
    What would Thom Hartman say?
    Cha-Ching!!!

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    Something to somehow tie the questioning of the transgendered agenda solely to the right wing and or Donald Trump.

    When clearly that is not the case per the articles etc referenced! HAH!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Wesson View Post
    What would Thom Hartman say?
    Last edited by Zacha341; November-12-19 at 05:33 AM.

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