Thursday, April 28, 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

Sorry about the delay between blog posts. The Captain has been busy recovering from vacation – “wastin’ away in Margaritaville” – all the while trying to make sense of the slew of “Potty Laws” that are suddenly flooding the states.

For those who have been stranded at sea or locked in an underground cell for the past few months, North Carolina has stepped in it big time.

Deep doo-doo!

And you would think others would smell the odors emanating from Raleigh and stay away! But no, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and others are swarming to this turd of a law like flies!

Have we all lost our freakin’ minds?!?

Now you would think that something this big was triggered by a major event… like what the Sandy Hook tragedy did for gun control.

Oh, wait. No one did anything after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut that left 28 dead.


But no, the current hysteria began because the city council in Charlotte, NC, voted to expand civil rights protection for the LGBT community.

That would be LESBIANS, GAYS, BI-SEXUALS, and TRANSGENDER persons.

Our friends. Our neighbors. Our co-workers. Our children.

That local bill included the right for transgender persons to use the public restroom of their choice.

No one was killed. Or even wounded. It just seemed the right thing to do.

But that’s when the politicians squatted!

The NC State Legislature, which has the power to override any law the cities write, came back from a scheduled election-year recess for a one-day session just to repeal the Charlotte law. In a rushed piece of shit legislation that was written, passed, and signed into law all in one day, trans-persons in North Carolina are now required to use the bathroom specific to the gender recorded on their birth certificates.

Let’s pause for a moment and take a deep breath as we let that soak in.

Meet Sarah McBride. She was born male. By the time she was 10 years old she knew she wanted to live as a woman. And she does. Every day of her life. She even married a man. But now, in North Carolina, she is required by law to use the Men’s Restroom.

Do we need to pause again?

The backers of this backward law claim it is to protect children from sexual predators – specifically men who would dress as women just to sneak into the Women’s Restroom for perverse purposes.

Not that this happened, mind you.

But it might, they argue… unless there is a law.

The Captain was a little befuddled last year when former pastor / conservative radio host / perpetual presidential candidate / homophobe Mike Huckabee made a statement that said more about himself than about the issue:

 (February 2015) “We are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended, and you can’t be offended, if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man,” Huckabee said in February at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville in comments that were first reported by BuzzFeed on Tuesday.
“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee said. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’”
Really, Mike?

What a perv! 

Another conservative blogger described the trans issue as simple as her deciding one day to be Mexican and the next a 7-foot tall black man.

How ignorant is that?

Gender identity is not about a whim or a perversion. It is about people who feel psychologically more comfortable dressing and/or living as the opposite sex. 

And as with most things sexual, it makes some people uncomfortable.

Mike, I know you’re still angry about “The Crying Game”, but that was 1992. Get over it!

Gender identity is formed in humans as early as three years old, and it doesn’t always correspond with one’s genitalia. Some people struggle with the conflict between their feelings and societal expectations their whole lives, while others choose to risk the still prevalent public humiliation that such a lifestyle often brings with it.

And now, in a fit of hysteria, states are writing hateful laws about this small segment of the population that is so vulnerable.

The Captain might could believe the NC Legislature’s sincerity if they had not also snuck into the bill a line forbidding the setting of a minimum wage anywhere in the state of North Carolina.

They were apparently feeling particularly hateful that day.

Before moving on, let’s get this out in the open. Prior to this flurry of hateful legislation, trans people have used public restrooms largely without incident – probably because 1) no one could tell the difference, and 2) most people shut the door to the bathroom stall when they do their business. 

In fact, as a friend noted recently, if you know what the genitals of the person in the stall next to you look like, YOU are probably the one doing something wrong!

As expected, new reports in recent days have confirmed that women have been forcefully removed from the Women’s Restroom just because someone “thought” they looked trans.

The NC law does not specify punishment for the person caught using the “wrong” restroom, but Alabama has now added a $500 fine or 6 months in jail to its law.

For peeing in the “wrong” bathroom…

Mates, the reality is, unless someone is posted at the bathroom door checking IDs and inspecting genitalia, all the laws in the world will not make a bit of difference.

And only a real pervert would want that job.
Captain’s Note: According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well… a parent, a family member, a teacher, a coach…

Isn't there something more important to get upset about?