Democracy is supposedly beautiful because of the important conversations it demands. In 21st-century America, a prime example would be our quarrels over who can use what kind of bathrooms. Some, like Target, believe that provisions ought to be made for individuals who identify as a gender other than the stick-figure assigned to their traditional bathroom. Others, such as the 750,000 people who boycotted Target in light of the company’s transgender sympathies, clearly disagree.
Many–especially those in the social justice circles that surround me–ridicule, laugh, and mock the thousands who made the decision to boycott Target. As they argue, the opposition’s fears are unsubstantiated, sensationalized, and deserve no attention. And although their fears could be statistically uncorroborated, I support their decision to boycott.
In the same way that Target views it as unfitting to force transgenders to use bathrooms they are uncomfortable in, it is equally inappropriate for our hyper-socially aware society to scream into the faces of concerned parents that their fears are without merit. Similarly, my belief that the government should not tell a private business what to do is completely compatible with my view that culture should not impose its sense of morality on those who may disagree. What breeds danger, in my opinion, is not controversial bathroom policies as much as it is acquiescing in the face of moral imperialism and ridicule. In the current debates regarding bathroom usage, such ridicule is a cancer that is quickly metastasizing.
The liberal media has used fear as a selling point. Now, of course, everyone has bought in. College students and their families are force-fed the inflated statistics that lead them to believe that there is a 1 in 5 chance they will be sexually exploited on their college campus. This fear goes beyond college campuses. It extends to homes, and most recently, to Target bathrooms.
One case of sexual assault is too many. To understate or overstate its prevalence is shameful, albeit for different reasons. What is also shameful is condemning and ridiculing those who are concerned about the safety of their family.
The left scared us into believing that the prevalence of sexual assault justifies extreme precautionary reactions. Now, it laughs in the face of those parents who want to protect their daughter from sharing a bathroom with a potential predator hiding behind the guise of a woman.
In this post, I intentionally did not address the merits behind allowing transgenders to use the bathroom they please. I attempted to simply address the hypocrisy that hides behind the mask of social justice and inclusiveness. If we don’t address deep-rooted issues such as this, all discussions will be as meaningless as bathroom politics.