A Brief Word About the Incoherence of “Transgender” Locker Room Policy
A Brief Word About the Incoherence of “Transgender” Locker Room Policy
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   10.14.15

IFI’s opposition to, for example, a boy in a girls’ locker room is not based on fear that he may rape a girl—though that, of course, is a possibility.

Rather, our opposition emerges from the fact that physical embodiment per se has meaning. The fact that a gender-rejecting boy IS a boy has meaning for both him and the girls whose privacy he seeks to invade.

Privacy and modesty about one’s body and intimate bodily activities are related to one’s physical embodiment (i.e., one’s maleness and femaleness), which is why we have separate restrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms. We separate those areas by objective biological sex—not by subjective wishes about one’s objective biological sex.

When a gender-dysphoric boy demands to use the girls’ facilities, he is at once acknowledging the importance of privacy and modesty, which derive from physical embodiment (i.e., maleness or femaleness), and at the same time and incoherently denying the importance of privacy and modesty for the girls whose privacy he seeks to invade.

The desire for separation in locker rooms and restrooms grows out of objective biological and anatomical differences. Those differences are meaningful, and the desire for privacy and separation should be respected. The fact that a man thinks he feels like a woman (he can’t really know if he feels like a woman because he’s not a woman), or wants to be a woman, or thinks he was born in the wrong body does not change the fact that he IS a man, and women shouldn’t have to change their clothes in his presence or engage in showering or toileting in his presence. There is no difference between being forced to change clothes in the presence of a man who accepts his body and being forced to change in the presence of a man who rejects his body—none.

Not deep desire; cross-dressing; name-changes; puberty-blockers; cross-sex hormone-doping; universal compulsory misuse of pronouns; or even mutilating surgeries can turn a boy into girl. And both privacy and modesty, which derive from immutable, meaningful differences in physical embodiment, must be respected.

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Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins became the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois. Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition. She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children and ten grandchildren....
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