These gender binaries are so dominant in our lives; that a larger group of citizens are being unseen. This oppressed group of Americans categorizes themselves as transgender, which means they do not conform to the gender roles that are in place throughout society. (gaycenter.org, 2012). The trans population does not fit the expected gender molds that are created from the time we as humans are born. (Transequality, 2016).
By only giving the choice of using a Men’s or a Women’s bathroom it has further enforced the gender binary: “In the moment that one must choose between two doors—one marked “men” and one marked “women”—the binary construction of gender is never more blatantly enforced” (Herman, 2012, p.25). When someone is presented with only two choices of restrooms, it is enforcing the ideals that those are the only two options a person can be. Also these gender binaries are shaming anyone who does not fit into them. These gender binaries are so normalized and engrained in society that they lead to inadequate bathroom access for transgender people throughout the United States. The trans people are the ones who do not fit society’s gender norms and they are being isolated, because of
In order for people of opposite genitals to use the same facility, changes for privacy should be made. American public restrooms have huge gaps in between the doors and stall dividers. These gaps do not allow for adequate privacy. Urinals with no dividers offer no privacy. Transgender people want privacy just as much as Cisgender people.
There is a national uproar about transgender people using the restroom of the gender they identify as. Students in federal funded schools and adults in the federal work places have to follow by the rules. On the contrary, the nation as a whole does not agree with sharing restrooms with transgender people in in places like public restaurants, stores, and other businesses. For the supporters of pro-transgender restrooms, some states have nondiscrimination laws protecting transgender students to choose what restroom they feel more comfortable using, it’s their right according to the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. And according to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration transgender employees should have access to a restroom that relate to their gender identity so it can create a healthy atmosphere and the employees could be treated in the manner in which they live their day-to-day lives.
Many people believe that letting transgender people use the bathroom they want is violating the rights of the rest of the population. Due to this, bills have been and continue to be proposed that would make everyone use the bathroom that matches the sex on their legal documents. In order to avoid discrimination and other issues, this would mean that restaurants and other establishments would have to make every customer provide identification to get into the bathroom (Metlzer). For those who are not transgender, this would seem annoying and unnecessary. For those who are, it might be a sensitive subject, as many consider it a very private part of their lives.
The question as to which bathroom transgender people should use has been a huge debate over the last few years. Some people claim they should use the bathroom of whatever gender they identify with while others claim this will result in them harassing cisgender people using the bathroom and that instead transgender people should use the bathroom according to their assigned gender at birth. Another solution that is often suggested is to institute a gender neutral bathroom for either just transgender people or for everyone to use. In general transgender men and women are men are simply that: men and women and they should be able to use the bathroom that best correlates with their gender identity. Transgender people are the gender they identify
Since bathrooms are based on sexist views that hold men as protectors and women as weak and since gendered bathrooms cause many problems for people who do not follow conventional rules of gender, bathrooms without gender can even-out the lines to the women’s restroom, provide transgender people a safe place to use the bathroom, and allow non-binary people the chance to not feel excluded or discriminated against. It is the duty as American citizens to fight for those who are treated unequally, even in places like bathrooms. Everyday- people should push for comprehensive legislation mandating that at least all public restroom facilities are gender neutral, or that all public buildings have at least one multi-stall gender-neutral bathroom. Citizens should stand up for the minority, who are currently being smothered by rhetoric with no factual backing, under the thin veil of protecting children. This way, America can progress as the land of the free once
Within the transgender community, it is not that black and white. A transgender person is defined as somebody whose gender identity is different than the sex they were assigned with at birth (“New Law”). In simpler terms, it is a person who identifies as the opposite sex. This makes choosing which restroom to use when in public a difficult decision. A person born as a male but who identifies as a female would feel very uncomfortable in the men’s bathroom, yet could be in trouble for going into the women’s restroom.
Transgender people lack Cisgender Privileges and the lack of these privileges most likely have impacted their lives with psychological and physical harm, or other negative consequences, such as the loss of homes, jobs, and freedoms (Clark). In Lucian Clark’s, March 1, 2014, “Cis Privilege” Post on Gender Terror, she states that transgender people face extreme degrees of discrimination and oppression. She reports that transgender people not only report verbal harassment, but also physical harassment at all places ... ... middle of paper ... ...he notion of herself as “female” or “feminine”. She notes that the use of conventional labels to define herself has been comforting, but it also oversimplifies who she is and can be. She states that she looks forward to learning more about alternate ways of reconstructing identity in a way that encourages the growth and individuality in people.
This law concedes the right of transgendered students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. They can also participate in sports based on their gender identity too. The opposition contends that this bill may create unnecessary awkward situations for both males and females. All in all, a transgendered individual is defined as someone who does not identify with their biological sex, rather, they identify as another gender; it is not a mental disorder. Transgendered people are portrayed in the media as either molesters or insane killers in television shows and political advertisements.