Bathroom Legislation

Once again, youtube has inspired me. Today, it suggested a video where someone was expressing his feelings on the transexual washroom issue and the gay rights movement in general. Going with the easy one first, he made some remarks about how if another guy was trying to move on him in the washroom, he’d respond with violent deadly force. Of course, I’m paraphrasing his more conventional language. My response to that is that it’s not a risk, and I can feel confident saying that because he’s talking about this in as a hypothetical and not what he did when it happened. If you read up on any headline about whatever homophobic politician or religious leader being caught having gay sex in a bathroom, they’ll talk about some code that people use. Since they have to establish probably cause, the more in depth articles will mention how it’s a multi-stage process where signals go back and forth. They seem innocent enough to those who aren’t actually versed in looking for sex in washrooms because these people have a lot to loose from being accidentally outed. Before this turns into a how to, the key take aways are that unless you’re actually in a gay club, probably not going to happen and when it does, you’re not going to know any way.

There’s two points I’d like to comment on with regard to his views on the use of washrooms based of gender identity. Firstly, I kind of admire his pragmatic stance of questioning how much it would cost to remodel a bathroom so that these things would be less of a concern. I’m sure there’s some accountant somewhere that says it’ll be worth it to try to fight lawsuits. He suggested knocking down the divider between the men and women and just putting better partitions around the stalls. If the concern is little girls being attacked, maybe the solution is that we should really care less about who we wait in line with before and who we wash our hands with after. A father can go in and see that nobody is also in the stall his daughter is locking herself into and that she comes out safe, and a trans person can go in and not be questioned, everyone is happy. This really should be more about finding solutions than demonizing people.

I don’t really want to get into whether or not sexual orientation and gender identity are choices. That individual expressed that he felt they were. I’m opting not to give up the use of my hands and grip everything with my feet instead, something that some people who’ve lost their arms wind up doing. I’m also choosing not to give up English and do all my communication in Russian. To a certain extent, I’ve chosen to be a right handed, English speaking person. We can also go a bit further and say that I’m also choosing my hair colour and eye colour to an extent because coloured contacts and hair dye also exist. Do I want to try posing as the majority ethnicity? Am I seeming ridiculous yet? In my opinion, this is a distraction from the greater topic of figuring out how to get along with all our differences.

Back to what I would like to talk about, he said something along the lines of people who make weird decisions shouldn’t expect others to go too far out of their way to accommodate them. That’s an idea that’s really worth exploring. As someone who lives near mountains, avalanche safety was part of my school education. We have ski resorts, they check on conditions and maintain their runs. They close off areas that are dangerous, and have their own safety crews. Going out off on your own and skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling in unmonitored and maintained territory is an uncommon activity. Do we need publicly funded search and rescue infrastructure for them? I’m an aspiring adventurer and learning the risks, and contingency planning is just part of individual responsibility. One day, I might be in an area that it’ll be impossible for others to rescue me or too risky. If I want to do some of the things that I want to do, that’s just a possibility that I’ll have to accept and I’ll endeavour to do them in the safest possible way. One thing that I’m not willing to accept is if people die trying to rescue me from nature.

Another topic that’s been popping up a lot here lately is the old exemption from work place safety rules that farms get. A lot of people talk about how it’ll be the end of the family farm if they have to follow regular work place safety rules. Agricultural work is uncommon these days, and from what I keep hearing, it’s increasingly a commercial operation and the family farm is a rarity these days. Do we consider getting your kids to help with farm work to be weird? That there is an exemption is kind of a relic from the past and it’s weird that it exists.

There’s probably a lot of other things that only a small amount of people do that seem strange to others or cause inconvenience. Cyclists in some areas for instance. I can’t help wondering if future motorists will try to tell me that cycling on the road isn’t allowed outside of designated bike lanes. Amateur radio is also another declining hobby as far as I know. Government policy on spectrum use tends to render them unnoticed to the general public. Astronomy is another small hobby. People congregating at night is kind of looked at suspiciously in some areas. Costuming, live action role play, youtube pranksters, and social experiments, can all be somewhat startling and disruptive. I suppose only the adventuring and farming ones that I thought of have the highest chances of people getting hurt. Anyway, I’m not sure I’m going anywhere with this. It’s probably a bit of a stretch to say that we probably all do something that will be a weird minority activity in someone’s eyes that will be difficult to understand.

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