Safety or Equality?

 

In the past year, the world, and more specifically the United States, has been on a rant to treat people equally and to exclude discrimination. It is always a good thing to treat one another with equality and respect their values, but sometimes we have to question if their “beliefs” are placing more harm on other people than it is good. Is it causing the majority to fall, especially the younger generation that have no voice to make a difference in the courts? I bring up this question to approach the continuous debate about the transgender bathroom law. This law’s guidelines require schools to allow transgender students -people who have a gender identity, or gender expression, that differs from their assigned sex- to legally be allowed to enter either bathroom or locker of their choosing.

Many people immediately agree this law is good because it promotes equality especially for the children who are bullied for their gender of choice. Even President Obama said on May 6,2016, “I think it’s part of our obligation as a society to make sure everybody is treated fairly, and our kids are all loved and protected, and that their dignity is affirmed.” However, allowing this law to pass will create many negative side effects that should be a higher concern. The first and biggest argument against the transgender bathroom law is that allowing, for example, transgender women to use the women’s bathroom or locker room would open the doors up for sexual perverts or certain teenage boys to use those laws as protections to enter into female spaces.

This can be broken down into a few different scenarios, first that females may be taken advantage of at a higher rate. This is mainly a problem at universities because the drinking rates are higher. If a girl passes out in the bathroom due to alcohol intake, would it be safer for another girl to walk in and find her or a male? Of course the more prominent concern is the potential for more sexual assault, and certainly more sexual harassment. Every decision made always has some negatives effects to a certain group of people, but the question you must ask yourself, when considering this issue, is whether the emotional, physiological, and even physical stress that could be put on ordinary individuals is jointly larger than the benefit in the same areas that transgender individuals will receive? It is a difficult call to make for many people, and voting against this bill is not a call against transgender people but merely a call to safety for the majority.

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