Get ready, folks. There are going to be a lot of stories like this over the next few months.
Lila Perry is a teenage boy at Hillsboro High School in Missouri. Apparently, he was a gay male until about ninth grade, at which point he decided he was actually a straight female. This is the sort of "revelation" that, in saner times, would land the confused young man in rigorous psychological and spiritual counseling. But these are not sane times, so instead it landed him in the girls' locker room.
The school initially offered Perry access to a private unisex facility, but that wasn't sufficient. Perry didn't want to be in his anatomically correct bathroom, nor did he want to be in a gender-neutral bathroom. No, he wanted to be in the girls' bathroom. That's what he wanted, and because he belongs to a Protected Class, that's exactly what he got.
Of course, lost in this discussion of what one dude wants is the small, technical matter of what everyone else wants. As far as that goes, many of his female classmates are, shockingly, rather uncomfortable changing in front of a boy, even if the boy wears a skirt and a wig. Hundreds of students staged a protest at the school this week, insisting that girls -- real girls, I mean -- deserve a private and safe place to undress or relieve themselves.
But they're out of luck, it seems. The administration sided with one entitled boy at the expense of every female in the school. Perry ultimately decided to drop his gym class, meaning he won't need the locker room, but still plans to use the girls' bathroom whenever he feels like it. He has no sympathy at all for his classmates who might be wary about sharing a bathroom with a member of the opposite sex. Taunting the girls on TV, he impugned their integrity and accused them of bigotry:
They are claiming that they’re uncomfortable. I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry. I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out.
Someone should probably tell this kid that "segregation" is, quite literally, the whole entire point of a locker room. They are designed to separate the penises from the vaginas. That's why they exist. If we're striving for desegregated locker rooms, we really don't need them at all. The girls already have lockers out in the hallway, don't they? Just have them change out there, in that case. Hell, their feelings don't register, right? In Perry's mind, only Perry's emotions matter.
Lila Perry. Image source: KMOV-TV
Progressives across the country agree with his self-centered assessment. Many of them have launched ruthless attacks against his classmates, treating a bunch of teenage girls like they're a Midwestern chapter of the Islamic State because they want a little privacy when they go to the bathroom:
I understand it's a complicated matter, but parents should be teaching tolerance, not cruelty, towards #LilaPerry.— Rochelle Flynn (@Rochelle Flynn)1441137262.0
I stand with Lila Perry. To the 200 students who decided to walk out of school in protest...Welcome to the modern... http://t.co/oajzjhx8VO— Daniella Mendez (@Daniella Mendez)1441128225.0
Those school kids wouldn't even care about #LilaPerry using the girls' restroom if their asshole parents hadn't taught them to hate.— Peaches🐚 (@Peaches🐚)1441126026.0
Did you get that? Girls are now "assh*les," "cruel," "bigoted," "mean," "transphobic," "bullies," and a "problem," if they don't want to be exposed in front of teenage boys. Teenage boys across the nation are no doubt celebrating this development.
Others have suggested solutions like this:
I stand with #LilaPerry. Any student uncomfortable with her in the girls room can go use the genderneutral bathroom https://t.co/q0dnas2Dga— Betsy Torg (she/her/hers) (@Betsy Torg (she/her/hers))1441149166.0
Yes, the females with female anatomies and XX chromosomes, who've been using girl locker rooms and girl bathrooms their entire lives, should be the ones to relocate to different facilities. We have no problem telling them to suck it up or go pee somewhere else, but for Perry we must move mountains. On the scales of justice, one gender-confused boy outweighs several hundred girls. This is how things work in our enlightened society.
Now hundreds of concerned citizens are organizing a counter protest for later this week, hoping to finally intimidate and silence any girl who might still have the audacity to defy the transgender narrative that our culture just invented out of whole cloth about 14 seconds ago. Indeed, approximately yesterday, "transgenderism" was a fringe, radical notion way out on the peripherals of left wing quackery, but now, in the blink of an eye, it's doctrine. Yesterday, boys could be expelled for walking into the girls' locker room, but now we throw them parades and squeal about their "bravery."
A boy who wants to trespass in the girls' bathroom is a "brave girl." This is utter madness. Worse than madness, it's a malicious and intentional effort to shame and scold young girls for not wanting a 17-year-old man in the room while they use the toilet. These are kids who'd just prefer it if their lavatories didn't become laboratories for extreme left wing social experimentation. They are not the ones asking for exceptions or privileges. They simply want to feel secure when they're in a vulnerable and exposed state. To deny them that exceedingly fair and reasonable accommodation -- an accommodation we all had in school -- is downright despicable.
That being said, I am not angry at Perry himself. Granted, I do think he's displaying an immense amount of selfishness and disregard for his fellow classmates. He's also developed quite a martyr complex, comparing his efforts to pee with girls to that of early 20th century civil rights pioneers:
It wasn't too long ago white people were saying I don't feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself.
But this is a selfishness and martyr complex that's been eagerly encouraged by society. I can hardly blame him for having this attitude when any teenager would think he's entitled to most anything if the adults in his life entertain such notions. When I was that age I would have believed all the planets in the solar system orbited around me, if not for my parents constantly reminding me otherwise. Maybe Perry doesn't have that sort of mature parental direction, and if so, I pity him.
On top of all that, the boy is clearly struggling with gender confusion, which I'm sure is agonizing. He needs clarity and guidance. He needs someone to help him accept who he is. He urgently, desperately needs help recognizing the truth and beauty of his real, natural, actual self.
Indeed, this could be life or death for him. Studies show that about 40 percent of "transgenders" attempt suicide. Disingenuous progressives will claim this staggering number is due to bullying, but the facts belie that myth. Nobody has ever demonstrated that the suicide rate fluctuates dramatically according to how progressive and "tolerant" an area happens to be. In fact, even in hyper-liberal Sweden, and even looking at "transgenders" who've completed "gender reassignment" surgery, the suicide rate is still enormously high.
Whether "transgenders" are in Alabama or Oregon or Missouri or California or all the way out in Sweden or anywhere else, whether they've "transitioned" or they haven't, whether they're bullied or they're not, the suicide rate remains astronomical. To anyone looking for real answers, it's apparent that "transgendered" people are not happy, and they are not happy because they struggle to fundamentally accept their own identity. They need help in that effort, but it seems many of them, including Perry, are not offered it. He is, therefore, another victim of this sorry tale.
To be clear, he is not a victim of girls who'd rather not take their shirts off when he's around, but of a culture and an environment that exacerbates his gender confusion. Yes, I'm disappointed in his narcissistic attitude, but ultimately the blame rests with the people who've abandoned him to his mental illness. I pray that he someday finds the treatment he needs, but giving him carte blanche access to whatever bathroom he wants is certainly not the correct sort of treatment. It will be of no help to him, and it's extremely unfair to the girls.
Sorry, let me be more explicit. Forcing girls to tolerate boys in their bathroom is quite a bit worse than "unfair"; it's abuse, plain and simple. Schools that put girls in these situations are abusing their students. Parents and other adults who support these "progressive" policies are facilitating and advocating abuse.
[sharequote align="center"]Forcing girls to tolerate boys in their bathroom is quite a bit worse than "unfair"; it's abuse.[/sharequote]
It's mind boggling that so many people can pretend to care about "rape culture" in one breath, and in the next hiss at girls to shut up and cooperate while a guy in a wig walks into the room and takes his dress off. To shout the kids down and lecture them for wanting privacy is grotesque, unacceptable, and worthy of condemnation in the strongest and most unequivocal terms.
There is not a single compelling reason to subject these girls to this. Not a single one. The boy was given his very own private room to do his business, and even if he wasn't, there still wouldn't be a good, justifiable, moral, ethical, or logical reason to discount the concerns of the female student population for the sake of one kid. And these, we should mention, are not crazy or unique concerns. These girls aren't being high maintenance. They just don't want a guy in their bathroom. Very normal. Very rational. Very much in keeping with the feelings of every civilized, sane human being -- right up until a moment ago, when everyone decided to start pretending that girls can have penises.
Meanwhile, proponents for this lunacy don't even pretend to have a solution to the fact that heterosexual, non-"transgendered" dudes can now waltz into the girls' room whenever they want, so long as they claim to be feeling especially womanly. The progressive response to this argument is to snicker at it -- which is generally their response to everything -- but they have no answer beyond mockery. That's because there really is no solution. Of course any boy can take advantage of this policy.
It's pretty easy to differentiate between boys and girls if we're using the biological method. But progressivism is all about blurring the lines of distinction and making it impossible to tell one thing from another, so if a particularly industrious young pervert decides he'd like to take advantage of this hazy new reality, there is absolutely nothing preventing him. What are the schools going to do -- insist that you wear skirts to class for X amount of days before accessing the female facilities? How do we keep track of that? Would there be a chart at the nurse's office or something? Besides, who's to say a "transgender woman" should wear skirts or makeup or wigs at all? Maybe I'm a "transgender" tomboy woman. Maybe I'm gender fluid. Maybe I'm gender non-conforming. Maybe I'm a gender shapeshifter.
You can't sift the legitimately gender confused from the conveniently gender confused. It's impossible, and we all know it. So when we open the floodgates, we are choosing to gamble with the safety of kids. We are saying it's worth putting girls in jeopardy for the sake of a tiny, infinitesimal minority of mentally ill boys. We are saying, "yes, girls, there is nothing stopping any boy from coming in here and harassing or abusing you, but we are willing to take that risk."
Like I said: Despicable. Contemptible. Awful. Loathsome. Dangerous.
And as if we needed more evidence, the LGBT agenda has once again proved itself to be among the most viciously anti-woman ideological forces at work today. It demeans and devalues women by allowing men to claim membership if they wear drag. It reduces femininity to an outrageous caricature. It proposes that womanhood is nothing more than a feeling and an outfit; a woman's actual body, her experiences, her abilities, her genetics, her capacities are rendered irrelevant. It coerces women into accepting the misogynistic proposition that a man can be just as much a woman as a woman, thereby negating everything feminists have ever said or done.
For the longest time, feminists said that I cannot have opinions about "women's issues" because I do not have a vagina and a uterus. But now, I cannot only have opinions about women, but actually be one. Likewise, the feminist "rape culture" narrative insisted that if I make a woman uncomfortable through mere jokes or opinions, I have essentially raped her. But now, I can walk into the locker room while she's changing and if she winces, I am the one who has been abused.
It's incredible, really. It almost makes me long for the good old days of feminist misandry.
Finally, on another note and for the record, girls aren't the only ones hurt here. These progressive bathroom policies also open up the door for females to use the boys' room. This is just as reckless and intolerable. Fortunately for the boys, however, it does not come up nearly as often. "Male to female transgenders" are about three times more common, further indicating that much of what we call "transgender" is really just a form of homosexual fetishism.
In any case, the safety, privacy, and security of boys and girls alike have been sacrificed on the altar of the gay agenda. This is just the latest example.
There will be many more to come.
Now might be a good time to consider homeschooling.
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