Another dispatch from the Inevitable File, this time from my own city of Mobile, Alabama. In an official statement released on its website yesterday, The University of South Alabama (or simply “South” as it’s referred to down here) decreed that, in compliance with the federal government’s Title IX guidelines, transgender individuals and students will now be allowed to use whatever bathrooms match their “gender identity,” rather than their birth gender. The school’s Title IX coordinator (which is a thing, apparently), Krista Harrell, fired off an e-mail to all USA students and faculty in which she explained that the campus-wide policy will apply “to all University of South Alabama employees, students, staff and visitors. It also applies to the University of South Alabama properties, including the main campus, the health system and the satellite campuses.” Of course, as has been the case with several other colleges and high schools across the country, this means that men who look every bit like men are now free to pee or change clothes in the stalls next to women who are actually biological women. You don’t have to look transgendered, you just have to declare that you are [feel] transgendered. So, yes, that means that your wife, girlfriend, fiancee, daughter or sister could wind up being completely vulnerable and exposed in the presence of straight, heterosexual, masculine men. The university even admitted as much in the FAQ section on their Gender Inclusion page:
There is no rule that a person must look a certain way to use a certain restroom. This kind of “gender policing” is harmful. Individuals should not have to dress or groom in a way that conforms to someone else’s gender standards.”
Also, in their infinite wisdom and compassion, the school has decided that anyone who might be “uncomfortable” with this new policy can receive “a 100 percent refund between August 16-22 on tuition and fees.” But, if you’re one of the brave souls who decides to remain in Sodom for the rest of the semester, the university wants to be clear that there will be some “single-stall restrooms” going up around campus to, you know, help you feel more comfortable:
If a community member is uncomfortable with the policy, they are encouraged to locate the nearest single-stall restroom.”
A little more background for you: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had previously urged all public schools and colleges in the state to ignore Obama’s transgender guidance policies back in May or to at least wait for the federal courts to rule on the issue. As you might recall, a few states even banded together and said they would sue the feds over the whole thing. Some Alabama schools may yet ignore Title IX. But, not South. They’re choosing to go right along with it. And not just because they’re too lazy or too broke to fight the federal government or too afraid of losing their funding. No. The University of South Alabama is going along with it because they agree with and believe in the ideological and philosophical tenets of transgenderism and gender equality — at least, that’s how it reads. At the end of their Gender Inclusion page, they take the time to explain what it means to be transgendered and to define things like “gender identity” and “gender expression.” Why would they even bother doing this if they didn’t legitimately believe in the whole transgenderism schtick?
In other words, they’re not just saying: We’re doing this in compliance with a presidential order and we don’t have a choice. They’re saying: We’re doing this because we believe it is true and right and good.
Now, as you might imagine, the reactions from students and faculty have been numerous, passionate and controversial. I spent almost an hour yesterday reading through dozens of comments on Facebook alone. What struck me the most wasn’t how many lunatics were in favor of this policy. I expected that. It wasn’t how much hate and vitriol was being vomited back and forth. I expected that too. It was how many folks have lost sight of the real issue at the heart of all this: our culture’s complete and total rejection — hatred, really — of truth.
Somehow, over the course of the last several months, lots of misguided (but perhaps well-intentioned) conservatives and Christians have managed to turn this whole transgender bathroom issue into a battle over where people poop and pee. Some have turned it into a women’s safety issue, citing all the harassment cases that have occurred as a result of these policies. Some have turned it into a children’s safety issue. Some have turned it into a political correctness issue. And while those are all valid points, and I sympathize with each of those arguments (I’ve even made some of them myself), they all pale in comparison to the core, fundamental problem: we are no longer a society that recognizes and affirms truth. And I’m not even talking solely about moral and spiritual truths here. Forget about those for a minute. I’m talking about a basic sense of reality. Science. Logic. Reason.
With the transgenderism movement, progressives are literally promoting total insanity. They’re insulting our very intelligence when they tell us that a person born with a penis and a Y chromosome can be a woman. Anyone with half a brain — anyone who passed third grade biology — should be insulted by that. No person in their right mind actually believes that to be true, including the progressives themselves. It lacks any semblance of reality and it’s utterly delusional in every way. (This is why countless psychologists rightly classify ‘transgenderism’ as a mental illness.) And yet, a university about 20 minutes from my house has decided to play an active role in declaring that reality and truth can be whatever you want them to be. A so-called “institution of higher learning” — where I assume you can still take human anatomy and biology classes (take a minute to digest the irony) — is literally announcing that truth and reality are less important than people’s feelings.
How can any society, or civilization as a whole, even remotely function as it's supposed to if the timeless facts and truths of reality no longer matter? The answer, of course, is that it can't. Everything will eventually collapse and fall apart. And this is why you continue to see so much cultural chaos happening in our country.
One comment I saw repeated several times on social media went something like this: "Trans people have been using public bathrooms of their choice for years before this ever got media attention, so what’s the big deal? It’s not hurting anyone.”
You know, I wish I had the time to take this rationale apart completely, and maybe I will in another post, but folks like this are perfect evidence that a lot of conservatives and Christians have really missed the mark in this debate. This isn’t just about bathrooms, safety or what is morally right, although those are important. It’s about truth. It’s simply not true that men can become women or that women can become men. It's a biological impossibility. This is a fact that must be repeated and repeated often. There are things in our world that are different. And sometimes different things are treated differently because of those differences. I wouldn’t try to schedule an appointment for myself at a gynecological office because I’m a man. I wouldn’t stroll into Walmart and buy a package of Huggies for myself because I’m a grown adult who knows how to use a toilet. I wouldn’t ask the dog groomer up the road to give me a shampoo because I’m a human being. And I wouldn’t walk into a women’s public restroom because, again, I’m a man.
These inherent biological and anatomical differences between men and women are not random aberrations or mistakes. They’re intentional, purposeful and beautiful. They should be celebrated and accepted, not hated and rejected.
I’m old enough to remember when college was all about preparing kids for “the real world.” Now so many of these universities have become such bastions of liberal entitlement and progressive ideology that they’re willing to indulge the delusional fantasies of mentally-ill individuals all in the name of things like “gender inclusion.” The “real world” isn’t even real anymore. It’s whatever you want it to be. And if anyone points out the utter absurdity of it all, they’re the bigots.
Sorry, South, but science, truth and reality don’t just disappear because you suddenly find them inconvenient or offensive. All the bathroom policies in the world won’t change the genitalia and chromosomes with which people are born. That might not be a popular sentiment these days, but it’s the truth. And, in the end, the truth is all that matters.
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