Bleacher Bits: Locker rooms will never be the same
On Aug. 12, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill into law that allows transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms and locker rooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports, according to which gender they most identify with.
Call me "old school," but I think it is a terrible idea.
Supporters of the law, like Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, say the law will help cut down on bullying against transgender students.
In a Fox News report, Davis said, "Now, every transgender student in California will be able to get up in the morning knowing that when they go to school as their authentic self, they will have the same fair chance at success as their classmates."
Randy Thomasson, of Savecalifornia.con opposes the law, saying, "This radical bill warps the gender expectations of children by forcing all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls restrooms, showers, clubs and on girls sports teams," while the same is true of biological girls who identify as boys. "This is insanity," Thomasson said.
My opposition to the law can be summed up by two words — fairness and equality — although the last term might raise some eyebrows.
With the new law in effect, in theory it is now possible for a 6 foot, 6 inch boy to insist he identifies more as a girl and so wishes to play volleyball. Will the California Interscholastic Federation insist on raising the net when he is playing, since biologically he may be able to jump higher than the girls? No, he will have an unfair height advantage over most - if not all — players on the court.
Then, of course, before and after the game, he gets to use the girls locker room for changing and showering. Biologically he remains a boy, with an apparent "right" to shower among the girls. The girls, however, apparently don't have the same rights to change and shower while living as their "authentic selves."
In the spirit of equality, the new law sacrifices the rights and comfort of the many to give it to the fraction of a percent that make up the few.
To paraphrase George Orwell's "Animal Farm," it appears all student athletes are equal, but some student athletes are more equal than others.
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