Raise your hand if you never drowsily wandered into the wrong bathroom in a public building. Personally I consider the embarrassment to be punishment enough, but some politicians don’t agree.
SB 1432 would make it illegal to enter a bathroom if signage indicates it is exclusively for the opposite sex. Authorities could charge violators with a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.
Of course I’m misstating the purpose of this bill, which has nothing to do with criminalizing a lack of situational awareness and everything to do with making, er, gender mismanagement a matter of public concern.
Like Skas, I’m a guy. Warts and all, I wouldn’t know how to be anything but a guy and I’ve never understood people who seem to find the question of gender confusing. But hey, I’ve got my own issues and lots of people don’t understand why I can’t just get over them, so I’m not one to criticize. I don’t even know what “transgender” is exactly, and don’t care, but I don’t knock it until the people for whom it’s a big shibboleth try to force it down my … um … Okay, I’m not going there.
How to re-start? Let’s see – there’s this gay politician in Phoenix, and he decided that what the city absolutely needs is a law that lets “transgender” people, whatever they are, use whatever public bathroom they want and to hell with what anybody else thinks about it. I don’t know what to think about it myself, except to be very glad it’s not an issue I have to deal with in my own life.
Enter the Party of Small Government. Instead of just letting Phoenix deal with its own self-imposed problems, …
Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants to create Arizona’s first law governing restroom privileges. Under Senate Bill 1432, someone would be guilty of disorderly conduct if he or she uses a bathroom, locker room or dressing room that’s not designated for the sex listed on his or her birth certificate.
So…what, exactly? How on earth would you enforce a law like that? Do I need to carry my birth certificate with me, because from now on I need to prove my gender before I’m allowed to take a leak? Will the state capitol assign monitors to every public bathroom in the state?
I wonder what their uniforms will look like. Will there be backscatter body scanners, or will they settle for pat-downs?
Sheesh. Some local nanny democrat passes a law that is stupid, and intrusive, and will cause nothing but trouble. Typical. The Party of Small Government counters with another law that is monumentally stupid and intrusive, and that if enforced would shove the hand of government right down the front of my pants. Also typical.