In early April Target announced that transgender customers were permitted to use the restroom or fitting room that aligned most closely with his/her/their identity. Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell has been very vocal regarding celebrating diversity and inclusion. This, following the backlash on Target for announcing a stance on protecting the rights of it’s customers. In a recent interview, Cornell states “We want to make sure we provide a welcoming environment for all of our guests, One that is safe, one that is comfortable.” He goes on to say “We’re going to continue to embrace our belief in diversity and inclusion, just how important that is to our company. But we’re also going to make sure our focus on safety is unwavering.”
In today’s world, the internet is sometimes used as a medium for debate. Often times one or more statements end up being copied and pasted over and over by many people in defense of a person’s view on the argument. When debating whether or not Muslim refugees should be permitted into the United States, I must have read the “If I had a bowl of M&M’s and one was poisoned” argument a thousand times.
Taking a look at Target’s Facebook page, various comments sections, and articles online, I’m seeing the same arguments over and over. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Target is putting women and children at risk
Many people are showing concern regarding the safety of women and children who are using these restrooms. The argument is based around the assumption that men will abuse this policy, claim to identify as a woman, and enter the women’s restroom with the intent to harm.
According to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network):
Approximately 4/5 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.
82% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
47% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
25% are an intimate.
5% are a relative.
In regards to children:
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
- 34.2% of attackers were family members.
- 58.7% were acquaintances.
- Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
And then there is my own personal note. under what circumstance would you not accompany your small child into the restroom and keep them under your personal protection anyway?
“I identify as…”
Lot’s of people are making jokes like “I identify as wealthy so now Target has to cash all of my checks that will bounce” and so on. This type of joke is insensitive. It completely takes the struggle of being transgender and throws it in the garbage. It’s not funny.
To push it even further, conservative fathers are marching into Target stores, harassing innocent employees, and either threatening to or executing a test of the system by claiming that they identify as a woman and marching into a woman’s restroom.
“I don’t want my daughter to accidentally see a penis in the restroom.”
The women’s restroom is only stalls, right?
“Well we don’t always look to see if the stall is occupied. What if the door has poor locks?”
Then you should start paying better attention!! Do you have any idea how uncomfortable you would make that person if you barged in on them like that? Additionally, hasn’t the father ever taken her shopping, or out in public ever? What does he do when she’s got to tinkle? I would assume take her into the men’s room with him, right?
“What’s stopping a pervert from putting on a wig and going into the ladies room to prey upon us?”
What was stopping them a year ago, 5 years ago, 100 years ago? Also, you know that perverts target boys as well. Why does no one seem to care about the boys?
“I have no issue with transgender people but…”
It really seems like you do. Whatever you say after the “but” really comes across as you making excuses to justify the fact that transgender people make you uncomfortable. You may want to just skip a few steps, admit that transgender people make you uncomfortable, and begin learning to deal with that. Maybe talk to someone and gain some understanding.
One last thing…
To those of you that understand and agree with the points above. Please stop posting the following image everywhere. It’s officially been used too much. It is retired now.