Editorial says little girls should not be distressed about seeing “male genitalia” in their locker rooms, bathrooms, showers and changing rooms.
A CapConn Commentary By Matt Caulder
About a week and a half ago, the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer penned an editorial chastising the evil ‘politicizing’ of North Carolina Republicans and praising the (overreaching) Obama administration orders that say school systems must allow students to pick which gender-specific facilities and activities to participate in.
I spoke on this topic Friday briefly on the What Matters in North Carolina show, but I felt the topic deserved some fleshing out in print.
The editorial, presumably representing the opinion of the majority of the leadership at the Charlotte paper, is that we as a state and nation should get over people with male genitalia being in the same restrooms, changing facilities, and locker rooms as our wives and daughters. The editorial reads, “Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort.” The crux of the editorial is that Republicans are liars and the Charlotte ordinance would not have allowed “non-transgender men” to enter women’s facilities so those manufactured concerns are just “political fiction.”
Making this point allows the Observer to move past the real dangers of what Charlotte did with its ordinance and get to criticizing all of us for being made uncomfortable by “equality.”
But, let’s take a look at what the Charlotte ordinance actually did.
First, under Charlotte’s ordinance, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, familial status, and sexual orientation were added to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance along with race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
Second, the ordinance removed a distinction in the law that allowed for denying a person access to gender-specific facilities based on their gender. This distinction is recognized by both state and federal law.
The change was made with the intended effect of allowing transgendered people to use the gender-specific facility that aligned with their own sexual identity, but, by the letter of the law, what Charlotte actually did was entirely remove the ability to keep one gender out of the facilities meant for another gender.
So, while the chief concern among many people was that a sexual predator would enter a gender-specific facility under the guise of being transgendered, the fact is that a predator would not even have to put that much effort into it if the ordinance were allowed to stand.
Although the city prepared a document that was made available on the charmeck.org site that said the opposite was true, nothing could be further from the truth. When it comes to the law, words matter.
The intent of a law only has so much weight in comparison to the black and white words in city statutes. We can see this concept playing out today in the Supreme Court, where the original intents of laws hardly matters compared to how far some can interpret the language to expand government power. This ordinance left the doors wide open to such radical expansions in interpretation.
Therefore, the Observer’s assertion that Republicans’ concerns about predators abusing the Charlotte ordinance is merely “political fiction” constitutes either a negligent misunderstanding of the ordinance or an outright falsehood.
As a man that has recently been blessed with the birth of a little baby girl, this issue is of extreme importance to me for the safety of my daughter.
My little girl deserves to live in a society where she is allowed to grow up safely – for as long as possible – before she is forced to face the realities that this world is sometimes a dirty, dangerous, and awful place.
She should be allowed to experience the innocent beauty of this world for as long as possible before I have to ensure that she knows to look over her shoulder for who may be behind her, before I have to keep her safe from the dangers of strangers online, before she knows about the evil men and women of this world who would do her harm.
I want my daughter to spend as much time as possible thinking that boys and men are like her Ken dolls (or maybe her GI Joe action figures if I get lucky) when it comes to the equipment department. So, the idea that she should become comfortable with male genitalia in her women’s facilities is ludicrous to me.
My daughter is entitled to her own childhood. She should not be forced to confront these things at such a young age and, Lord willing, at the right age, when she becomes aware of the biological differences between boys and girls, it will be because of a family discussion planned by her mother and I, not because she was blindsided by it in a locker room.
There are many layers to this onion of an issue ranging from curious boys wanting to get a look at the girls in their classes to sexual predators abusing this attempt at equality to victimize the most vulnerable people in our society.
It is clear that the Charlotte Observer is incorrect in saying these layers and issues don’t exist. The danger is out there and opening the door to it in the name of ‘equality’, while burying our heads in the sand to the consequences, is criminally negligent. I, for one, refuse to do it. My daughter is too important.