Oh Bob, not you again.
Keith Ablowjob, Fox Paycheck:
All wrong — in California, girls can use urinals in the boys’ restroom
Ahhh, really fucking hesitant to circle back to this well so soon. I mean, I eviscerated “Dr.” Keith, what? Three posts ago? And I did my last trans* post only like two post ago. I mean, I know I have my regular ports of call and my usual obsessions, but I do try and mix it up a little on this blog.
So why are we here, doing the same dance on this Saturday night? Well, there’s two main reasons.
First? It’s about AB1266, i.e. The School Success and Opportunity Act, i.e AIIEEE trannies will be using bathrooms with your kids, California is officially an anarchic hellscape. And I’ve been waiting forevvvver to talk about this law. I mean, there’s been no shortage of TV talking heads acting like trans* kids being able to join the right sports programs or use the right bathrooms or locker rooms was Satanism plus 10, but I’ve been completely clit-blocked on finding a good right-wing freakout in print that I could use for the blog (until now).
And second? Well, just look at the title! So many times in anti-trans* screeds we get the same old angle, so often we could recite it by heart. “Trans bill, oh dear, no, that means there will be a ‘man’ in the girl’s room with your precious artifact daughter and then she’ll be molested, because that’s what happens whenever a ‘man’ is in a room where people remove their panties for any reason”. Rinse, dry, repeat.
But this time the panic is about trans-men invading the oh so precious spaces of cis-men with their “girl” cooties and I’m not seeing any way it’s not going to be homoerotic, gynophobic, and utterly novel in its immense stupidity.
So yeah, fuck it, we’re so doing this.
Shorter (or the last port before Jungle):
- If “women” can be in the boy’s bathroom, then that’ll feminize the boys and make them self-conscious about their pee-pee size. Also, really, is it so much to ask of the trans* community that they hide themselves forever so that the little ones never have to know that trans* people exist, because learning things in school is unconstitutional.
So, yeah, as noted earlier, we begin our tale, with a bill, AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, that was passed all the way back in late spring, early summer here in the fair state of California. At its most basic level it’s an anti-bullying bill (and already we can see the first thing about it that pisses off conservatives) and an anti-discrimination bill (wingnut heads are already spinning like a helicopter readying for takeoff) that protects the right of transgender students (at this point, the average wingnut has some hellish ichor starting to bubble from their lips) to be treated as their school as belonging to the gender they are (and the screams of the damned echo through each church hallway), including rights of access to facilities, sports programs, sex-segregated activities, etc…
It’s a very important bill for trans*-identified students that will go a long way in lowering the suicide rate among young trans* kids. And as would be expected, it’s been a lightning rod for the usual set of assholes, with the assholes behind California’s infamous Prop 8 out in force to gather signatures to repeal it through the same bullshit techniques of fear-mongering and lies they used to push their repeal of gay marriage. As of yet, it seems that they didn’t get enough signatures, but it hasn’t stopped every Fox bobblehead trying to earn their paycheck from crying foul about as much as wingnuts did about Chicago’s age-appropriate sex education bill with ignorant blather about gender anarchy in elementary school bathrooms.
But hey, this is all months old. So why is Uncle Fester here whining about it all now?
As of January 1, students in California public schools have been able to choose whether to use the boys’ rest room or girls’ rest room, as well as the girls’ locker room or boys’ locker room, based on whether they feel female or male, not whether they are anatomically female or male.
Ohhhhhh, of course. The same reason that wingnuts are out in force bitching about pot legalization. The numbing drugs have worn off and they are forced to acknowledge that the past political year actually happened and they’re no longer the unstoppable juggernaut they want to pretend to be.
And so, worn down and behind the curve, they yell at the clouds to show their disapproval once it turned out that just wishing the bad elections and state congressional sessions away didn’t actually make them disappear.
Well, speaking as someone whose 2013 also sucked the hair off a donkey’s balls, I can empathize… wait, no, that’s the wrong word, ah, right, mock. I can mock that.
Ha ha, stupid fucking bastiches.
That’s right: Governor Jerry Brown, of California, signed a bill that took effect January 1
You almost have to admire the artistry of the weasel-wording here.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that *mumble mumble* took effect *mumble* ON JANUARY 1st! It’s happening right now, and you, bitter octogenarians can totally stop it, because this isn’t a moldy oldy we’re dragging out because we need something to fill the space the annual “War on Christmas” posts were taking up.
that tells kids from kindergarten on
Boom, there it is.
Oh don’t mind me, I’ve just gotten in the habit every time a right-winger writes about a law affecting all children of literally counting the seconds before they invoke kindergartners as if they are receiving the same innocuous information as high school seniors.
I think the highest record was 15. But in their defense, I think they had a mouthful of water they had to swallow first.
that they should decide what they believe their gender identity is and act, accordingly.
Oh, yeah… that’s truly horrifying that is. Oh noes, and all that jazz.
I mean, okay, let’s imagine some alternate world where my knowledge of trans* issues was absolute zero. I’m Mary P. Nervoussuburbanite worried about my artifact child making it through their first day of kindergarten and feeling the dark spectre of Empty Nest Syndrome begin to twine through my hair.
And now I’m asked to be super scared because some “girls” believe they are “boys”. I mean, assuming out the general social bigotries and “men are men, women are women” societal sexism baggage and just assuming I’m a complete blank slate, I’m not at all sure why the fuck I should care.
I mean, good for them, I guess. I don’t get it, because my head is literally butterflies and fluff, but it doesn’t impact me. It doesn’t impact my child. There’s really no reason for me to give a fuck.
Which, that right there, I think is why the right-wing is freaking out so much about trans* people and demanding that everyone freak out with them. Much like gay marriage before it and white middle-class women working outside of the home before that, trans* people are like a Miley Cyrus-carrying wrecking ball on the quaint media-sold fiction of “proper roles for men and women”. That there is by nature a way that “men” act and a way that “women” act and it’s set at birth and never variable and as genetic as DAF-2 protein.
And it’s the loss of the marketability of that lie and the way it can be exploited to trap “their” women in abusive and exploitative “gender roles” that truly frightens them and causes them to lash out at the infinite spectrum of human experience that actually defines gender, sex, sexuality, etc…
The legislation also allows students to choose their sports teams based on whether they sense they are boys or girls, not whether they were born male or born female.
We assigned you one or the other at birth, and you will like it young man or woman. And you will be either a man or a woman if you know what is good for you. I don’t care if the cage of our arbitrary assignment is an oppressive force destroying all manner of self-worth or self-regard or if it requires genuine genital mutilation surgery in order to maintain the fiction. GIRL OR BOY! GIRL OR BOYEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
And yeah, do I even need to get into the old bullshit about “if they feel” at this point? I mean, fuck, if they really feel it is that simple, a passing fancy as easily adopted or abandoned at the drop of a hat, then well, a) gender “normalization” procedures may have ever had a fucking chance of working, and b) fine.
By all means, wingnuts, step a day into my world. Live as the “wrong sex” off a whim. Experience a world where everyone refers to you by the wrong pronouns and treats you how they would treat the “opposite sex” and where the clothes you want to wear are not made for you and everyone eyes you suspiciously for being who you are. Do it for just a day to get all the “benefits” you think we’re getting. See if you make it past noon without crying uncle and running back to your genuine gender identity.
I fucking dare you.
I know that other psychiatrists may well disagree,
Because it goes against psychology and the current science on the subject and is grossly medically unethical.
and I know that LGBT activists will criticize me,
Because I’m a bigot who managed to hook himself a well-paying job despite lacking any real qualifications because I assuage the consciences of bigots and tell them that science totally supports whatever ass-ertion they want to yank out of their colon today. What was that Gretchen, moon men made your husband gay? Yup, science has got your back!
but I believe that allowing this “choice” is profoundly destructive, psychologically, to all students, including the ones who identify themselves as transgender.
Did I mention that there’s not a single link in the entire post? Not one.
So yeah, this super sciencey bit of knowledgification is courtesy via express shipping from the moist dark reaches of his lower intestines.
Because gut feelings about how something “just ain’t natural, y’hear” is just how the brain trust at Fox News rolls.
The mere fact that teachers and administrators will have to explain to kindergarten and first-grade students that they might see girls in the boys’ restroom, or boys in the girls’ locker room, but that those really aren’t kids of the gender they appear to be,
You know, back in the day, when I actually was out at my day job of teaching K-12 science, I often taught groups of Kindergartners and 1st graders. And I was there in full skirt, using my female name and pronoun and sometimes even the kids would ask questions about it. There was this one little kid from a Christian school who actually tried to debate my gender with me and insisted that girls wore high heels and that since I wasn’t, then I couldn’t be a girl and I had to point out that his regular teacher (who was a ciswoman), wasn’t wearing them either.
The point of this rambling bit of nostalgia is that it is pretty fucking obvious that none of these right-wing trolls have even spent a nanosecond caring for actual kids.
I mean, leaving aside the immense bullshit of pretending it is too hard for a child to process new information at a point in their life where they are literally learning, from scratch, all the social norms of school itself and foundational skills like reading and basic math, we get the simple fact that kids aren’t fucking idiots.
When I was out as a female teacher, sometimes they would be confused, but a five second comment in response took care of it. I didn’t look like their idea of girl, but I was, okay, cool, ooh rollercoaster, shiny!
Even now, I’m no longer out, but I also carry the body I have after being on hormones for a year and a half. So I’ve overheard kindergartners trying to figure out if I’m a girl or a boy based on their kindergartner concepts of the terms.
And I’ve had trans* and gender-non-conforming students. At every age. I’ve had pubescent middle schoolers and high schoolers being brave and being themselves. An awkward intersex elementary school kid visibly uncomfortable with using a gendered bathroom with everyone else. Young elementary schoolers, barely more than 1st or 2nd grade who were at least presenting themselves other than that which they were assigned at birth or their names would suggest.
Even Pre-K. Yes, that young. Kids who I have no idea what their identity is or what they will define themselves as, but whose style and presentation was already that of the aspects most commonly associated with the other gender.
And the younger you go, the less they care, the less preconceived notions of what it means to identify as girl or boy they carry, and the less enforcement of a binary has been beaten into them. For many of the youngest ones, that age is the first education they will receive into sex segregation.
Which is the real proxy battle that Mr. Blowjob is waging here.
He worries that if we acknowledge how gender actually works and kids aren’t carefully taught to hate all who fall outside the “norm”, then people won’t grow up to hate and support the continued careers of hacks like him.
And I won’t lie and say that’s an extremely compelling reason to shrivel up and die so that poor Kindergartners will be spared the “confusion”.
could (and, here, data is sorely lacking)
I.e. I’m about to pull something out of my ass, but I can already tell it’s going to be stinky, so please do mind the smell.
do harm to their own developing sense of self by suggesting to them that their gender is fluid, that it well might change for them, too, and that they should be on the lookout for signs that they want to switch.
Why the qualifier, Keith baby? That’s a pretty dead-to-rights explanation of what really keeps you up at night shuddering and clutching your plush shotgun.
The notion that young trans* kids instead of living truncated lives of pain, isolation, and confusion, can figure themselves out early on. Can be exposed to people who are like them and feel safer coming out, thus creating and continuing the slow process by which a convenient punching bag becomes just another minority group one is an asshole for treating like shit.
I mean, yeah, he does his best to weasel-word it and sound a nice dogwhistle of “trans* people will ‘convert’ your kids to the transsexual agenda,” but at the end of the day, what he’s actually objecting to is that trans* kids will have models to look up to and realize that they aren’t completely alone and freakish and that this will hurt his ability to exploit trans* people the same way he did gay people for so many years.
That’s correct, and I expect to continue getting death threats
and calls for me to be fired from my academic teaching position for saying so
Oh, you poor poor baby! Were there people merely saying you should be fired from your academic teaching position simply because you are an unqualified hack with demonstrated bigotry and ill-intent towards members of your student body and a proven track record of breaking the law in service to said bigotries?
That’s just the worst. I could never imagine something so horrible as a trans* teacher. Not a damn thing. I mean, sure, I had that little minor, being drummed out of a job I was excellent at because of the hate you spew about what being “exposed” to trans* people “does to kids” incident, but I mean, compared to the unmitigated atrocity that is people casually noting you are a complete unqualified hack, that might as well be tiddly-winks.
I mean, wow. Is there anything we among the trans* teacher community can do to help*?
(because I have endured both):
Let me just unpack my tiny case for the world’s smallest violin, pumpkin.
I believe that children have enough to deal with as they struggle to feel comfortable with their bodies, with the notion of privacy and with later changes involving puberty without urging them to grapple with the notion that their souls may have been born into the wrong bodies.
Yes, Douchey McFuckstain, kids sure do have a lot to tackle in their pubescent years already, what with the extension of the security theatre state into their classrooms, the ever-present threat of psychotic gun nuts deciding to go on a shopping, I mean, killing spree, pressures to conform to toxic models of masculinity or femininity, and awkward dating logistics, made more awkward by conservative attacks on sex education and feminist child education materials that might actually allow kids to have good models outside porn on how it all works.
It would be fantastic if they didn’t also have to suffer through the wrong puberty, feelings of intense alienation and a growing revulsion with their own evolving body, and all the other detritus of gender dysphoria.
Which, I guess, in your fantastical world of gumdrops and ice cream, means that all the kids have to do is shut their ears as hard as they can and just not think about it and magically their gender dysphoria and the existence of trans* people will just *poof* go away.
I mean, it would be really rough if children had non-normative puberties. So, to help make it easier, we’ll just wish really hard that those kids don’t exist and then they magically won’t. Problem solved. And the extra stress, pain, and suffering caused by having no model or explanation of what is happening inside of you, just feeling lost and scared and like something wholly alien will just solve itself on the fraying ends of a hastily prepared noose.
See, another problem solved by compassionate conservatism!
What’s more, I don’t believe we have definitive data
Hey, Keith, it’s your editor speaking, you seem to have readopted that nasty habit we were talking about of replacing the word “I” with “we” and I’m gonna need you to really focus on that so we don’t have to print anymore corrections and…
What the fuck am I saying, you write for Fox News, whatever bro, just shit it out fast so we can get back to harassing the fembots.
(although many psychiatrists with very impressive credentials, who seem to mean well, assert that we do)
~I don’t want to listen to no scientists, y’all be lying.~ /ICP
that any male or female soul has ever in the history of the world been born into the wrong anatomic gender.
(look down) Uh… Um… er… you know what, you’ve got enough on your plate with the whole people making vague comments about your deep ignorances. It’s cool.
Also, I’m totally imagining how soul science is supposed to work. Wehellll, doctor, it seems the client is showing classic symptoms of gender dysphoria with a strong gender identity discrepancy compared to that which they were assigned at birth. That’s great and all, but what does the bubbling soul liquid say? Oh right, it says it doesn’t fucking exist and using this as a science dodge is pretty fucking weak sauce. Damnitt, this will put the field of Soulology back decades!
Let me put that more clearly:
Your private religious beliefs should not be used as a model for public health policy? Especially when they are shown to disagree with genuine science and people’s life experiences and rights to religious freedom?
I am not convinced by any science I can find
Oh sorry, I interrupted, didn’t I? Please continue.
people with definitively male DNA and definitively male anatomy
See, America? This is what happens when you allow biology education standards be relaxed to protect the fee-fees of people who want to believe the Earth is 6000 years old and man rode on dinosaurs. You get people who claim to have PhDs still thinking that there is such a thing as “male DNA” as if DNA had any gender identity whatsoever.
Ditto on “male anatomy”, seeing as how at best, we have a collection of primary and secondary sex characteristics that may or may not display or correspond with actual gender and certainly will not always fit neatly into one box or the other, but at least that is vaguely based on a thing that could exist (if one completed at least high school level biology).
Hey, I’m a biology, I’m allowed to get pissy about people attributing fucking superpowers and life stories to fucking DNA, damnitt!
can actually be locked in a cruel joke of nature because they are actually female.
You can actually hear the self-awareness clang right off him there, can’t you?
Well, gosh, there trans* person, if your life story is true and that was true for other trans* people, then that would mean my God was a capricious asshole, putting people in misery-inducing situations of stress for no damn good reason… *clang*, so clearly you don’t exist, vile phantom, begone and haunt me no more.
And really, that could be the summation of this entire section so far. Gosh, that would absolutely suck and I’d be an asshole for making your life harder… so I guess I’ll just wish really hard that you don’t exist so I don’t have to feel bad at being a complete and utter dick.
But seriously, though, wasn’t there going to be some trans-male panic in here somewhere? I mean, I’m a simple lady and I have simple needs. Give me the freakout about transdudes already instead of the denialism pony show we’ve seen a hundred ti-
And I believe that telling third-grade or seventh-grade or tenth-grade children, adolescents or teenagers that this issue is settled to such an extent that they should feel comfortable with females walking in and seeing them urinating or pulling their pants down to change into football gear is a lie that can steal their ability to trust adults, shake their faith in any form of reality, traumatize them by shaming them and kindle waves of completely unnecessary anxiety related to whether they should be doing some sort of emotional inventory to determine whether they’re really going to turn into men, once and for all, or find out they’ve been suppressing the truth that they’re actually women.
Oh, it’s all too beautiful!
I mean, his argument is that if “girls” walk in and see some dude’s tiny penis then it will so utterly emotionally destroy his toxic masculinity performance that he’ll have no other recourse than to “choose” to be a transwoman.
Or rather, his argument is that if a guy sees a transdude in his bulky jacket, ducking into the corner of the locker room so he doesn’t get jumped and assaulted by the football jock who’s been carefully taught to fear the fags by his Fox-news watching dad, then some random bystander might actually have to think about who they are and that might mean they won’t come to the socially approved answer of “a proper cis straight guy” but rather might put two and two together over their gender dysphoria induced nightmare and actually be honest with themselves.
And to prevent this inevitable realization, it is no small demand to ask that that young jacket-wearing transdude to put on a frilly dress every day and sell a fiction of who they are, so that that young transchick can equally suffer in silence and Fox News show “experts” like him can keep selling suburban “fag haters” a fiction of a world where trans* people simply don’t exist out of Pride festivals and Satanist cults.
And maybe I’m not the same gynophobic little closet queen that “Dr.” Keith is, but I really don’t think the existence of that little transdude is going to do anything to the self-esteem of the fag-basher brigade. They will still follow models of toxic masculinity and more often than not, hepped up on bullshit like this, they’ll feel justified in “defending” “their” space from “invasion”.
A man with a vagina in a similar space as them will not “feminize” them, will not “fagify” them, it will only, with luck, give them some small manner of empathy and acknowledgment to those not like themselves.
And that’s the real fear, isn’t it?
That’s the real “feminization” in your eyes.
I don’t see anything but toxicity from the notion of a person with female anatomy feeling free to use the urinal in the boys’ rest room while a boy stands next to her and uses one, too.
It’s the little known transitive power of vag. If you stand too close to a dude with a vag, with your dick out, then *poof*, you’ll have a vag too. In fact, the cootie powers of vagina are so powerful, that one must always be careful to cloister yourself far away from anything vagina-like or gynophilic. Never have sex with a woman, unless you want to wake up a lesbian. Instead, if you must ever be naked, be sure to surround yourself with men who share your fears. Only when you are oiled up and alone with strapping young men, with beautiful rock hard penises, writhing all over your naked body, will you be safe from anything the least bit “gay”.
Governor Brown is one of the liberal politicians in the world who wants to sell people on the idea that he loves freedom when he is actually addicted to disempowering people.
IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION says that all of our sins are actually yours, because we say so, ha ha, got you, you hypocrite! Don’t you feel like a big prat for signing into law a bill we don’t like instead of randomly being an asshole and vetoing it because we couldn’t manage to be popular enough to get enough congresscritters to block it legally. So there!
And shaking the certain knowledge in boys and girls of whether they can count on not being seen naked by the opposite gender,
Gay sex today! Gay sex tomorrow! Gay sex forever!
It’s the only way to avoid the cootie infections of Big Vag!
not to mention whether they are themselves actually the gender they thought they were,
Ignorance will save you, kid! As soon as we ban and block any resources for you to be yourself and any models for who you are in general society, and make it clear that any attempt to stand up for yourself will be treated like a violence unto the world itself, then you’ll be free… to kill yourself like the little freak you are.
Ugh, why are the mean liberals calling me a bigot again? I was only calling it like I see it. MOMMEEE make them stop!
is a powerful, devious and pathological way to weaken them by making them question their sense of safety, security and certainty about anything and everything.
So you think the only way to “keep kids safe” is to imprison them in an authoritarian nightmare, where even basic introspection is treated as a violence to be banned and eliminated. Where thought is crime and one’s only role in school is to repeat the right performances and learn nothing in the process.
And we’re supposed to think you aren’t wannabe fascists, because?
That way they’re less likely to be in a position to want to be autonomous.
Oh, you’re standing up for autonomy… right… Man, was that a bullet dodged there!
That way they’ll keep on thinking they need people like him to build them a government that suffocates them and deprives them of liberty.
I mean, yeah, if you believe that trans* people deserve the right to be themselves and that policies should reflect obvious realities, then clearly it is you who is supporting a government that suffocates and deprives all students of liberty.
Because apparently the only liberty wingnuts can even pretend to care about these days is the “liberty” to be as ign’ant as the day they were first expelled violently out of their parent’s womb.
I’m sorry, dick, but we’re teachers. And you do not have the “right” to keep a generation as dumb as you simply because you are worried that there’s nobody currently alive dumb enough to fall for what modern conservatism is selling.
Now, don’t piss us off, or we’ll pay a trans guy to hang out near the Fox News Men’s Bathroom and pee next to you with his magical trans* powers.
A campaign in California called Privacy for All Students is now seeking to put the “choose your bathroom” law to a public vote on the November ballot.
And they failed. And they’re the same dicks behind Prop 8 doing the same exact tactic as before in hiding behind new names with Orwellian descriptions.
But hey, let’s not let either of those facts temper the fervor by which you are going to stroke that withered cock all over your face.
I hope they succeed. And I hope it is repealed.
They should add another recall vote on Governor Brown, at the same time. He survived one in the past and should not have.
We need to do all our old tricks. If we repeat our old tactics, then that’ll rewind back time and make us relevant and powerful again. We’ll be able to oust governors and repeal law and be feared even in “liberal” California… instead of drifting off to obscurity, a cargo cult clinging to memories hoping that the right dance will bring the anti-”gay storm” back again.
To which, I say, BWAHAHAHA!
I know exactly what I believe,
That’s remarkably easy when your beliefs are handed to you on 3×5 index cards with easily repeatable bumper sticker slogans.
partly because I grew up at a time when liberal politicians weren’t as brazen about trying to erode my sense of self.
My daddy dun tol’ me and if it were true den, then it’s true now. That’s why I know the Sun revolves around the Earth, a stork brings babies to loving couples, and Santa Claus is as real as Market Forces!
And I’ll fight to the death any lyin’ teacher that dun try and tell me otherwise!
And I believe, to the core, unshakably, that Governor Jerry Brown is a threat to children in California and a threat to children everywhere.
This is your new hate target. By signing a bill into law, he is a child molester and is out to kill all your kids. To protect them, you must take action, if you know what I mean**.
And preparing whiny post about how gunmen are just lone psychos and we shouldn’t bother looking into their motivations on the side and… publish.
Gosh, you’re making it awfully hard to support you, what with the desperate denial, outright gynophobia, slightly creepy homoeroticism regarding young boys, and the not that subtle death threats, I’m not sure…
Oh wait, I forgot that someone once questioned if you were qualified to teach seeing as how you believe that denial makes real people go away, that DNA is fucking magical and has genders, and that souls can be measured scientifically.
ALL MY SYMPATHY TO YOUR HORRIFIC PLIGHT!
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. Remember to stare very closely at the junk of anyone who tries to pee in your general vicinity! It’s the only way to protect against the all encompassing horrors of ~vaaaaagggggggiiiiinnnnnnaaaaaassssss~! We are aware of all Internet traditions.™
*Memo to self: start a trans* teacher website collecting news stories about trans* teaching, personal accounts, deconstructions of the not-commented-on-enough bigotries held against trans* teachers as corrupting recruiters and child molesters, and stories of discrimination. If I haven’t gotten around to it by the end of the year, can one of you glare at me to get me off my ass?
**If Msr. Blowjob here actually was receiving regular death threats, there is no way he could stomach to be pulling the stunt he tries at the end. There’s just no way that someone who truly understands how it feels to be targeted by violent fucks who want you dead because of what you believe could ever play the “will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest” game without actual bile rising up in their throat.
So fuck his attempt to play at martyr as he tries to encourage systems of oppression that lead to actual suicide and death and straight up dog whistle a death threat at a random governor whose only “crime” was not doing the conservatives’ dirty work for them.
***Yeah, the title isn’t even a joke. Pretty much every social justice movement in at least the last hundred years has included some fight regarding access to bathrooms. Labor battles. Segregation. Feminism in the form of non-conforming people having to fight to be accepted as “girls” or “boys”. Queer people in bathrooms and now trans* people. All for the right to pee. There is a fascinating non-fiction academic book waiting to be written about this.