The building blocks of gender are socially constructed statuses.? (Lorber, Night To His Day: The Social Construction of Gender, Page 461) People in the United States often show much hatred towards transsexuals and transvestites because they are NOT socially accepted. ?Modern Western societies? transsexuals and transvestites are the nearest equivalent of these crossover genders, but they are not institutionalized as third genders (Bolin 1987).? (Lorber, Night To His Day: The Social Construction of Gender, Page 461) In conclusion, we must always try to understand a person?s feelings about how they wish to be a different gender
Statement of the Problem/Issue Bathrooms are a necessary part of one’s life; however could public restrooms be causing harm? Currently in the United States people are imprisoned within the binary of two genders. Someone can either be a male or a female, and depending on the gender a person is they are expected to act and look a certain way. These gender binaries are so prevalent in our lives; it is to the point where a large group of Americans are being overlooked. This group of Americans identifies as transgender, which means they do not fit society’s expectations of how a specific gender should look and behave.
Transgender people want privacy just as much as Cisgender people. Companies might balk at the cost of remodeling restrooms. It is the time that companies update the bathrooms regardless of the transgender bathroom issue. The majority of people keep their privates private. The people that are flashing their privates around are going to do so whether they are in a restroom or not.
Transgendered individuals have recently been facing many obstacles concerning their freedom of expression and personal preferences. One of these challenges is the right to use whichever bathroom they deem appropriate to their gender identity. Legislation has passed laws that prohibit transgendered persons from using bathrooms that don’t match their sex. Some laws have even gone as far as to limit based on outward appearance alone. Many retail locations have changed policies to cater to those who feel displaced due to these laws.
The pronouns that transgender people use may vary. One transgender woman may prefer to be called a she, instead of pronouns relating to their birth-assigned gender- a he. The same goes with transgender men, and bi-gender people have the choice to be called by both gender-norm pronouns or one or the other. The pronouns that transgender people use is at their own discresion (Beemyn 1-2). Transgender people, in general, DO NOT appreciate being called trannies gender benders, she-males, 'it's, or anything besides the pronouns they have confirmed as the ones they prefer.
People who are not transgender also have trouble when it comes to bathrooms. For example, someone who is gender fluid is described to "feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more man some days, and more woman other days." (Killerman). It is very difficult for people who do not "pass" as a specific gender to use the restroom in public. This is not an issue solely felt by transgendered people.
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
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
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.