An important fact in our political life, a fact that is relevant in multiple ways, is this: It can always get worse. There is no bottom of the hill. The bad guys can always think of something more insane than what came before, and they will demand that we approve of it.
What follows is an example thereof. It is so bad that I considered not posting on it, as even noting it sullies the atmosphere of the site. However, it may be that this information will be helpful to someone else facing a legislative battle in the future. Also, if you have a daughter on a swim team and your locale or local university has the relevant laws or policies, you might want to keep a wary eye out.
Who could have predicted this twenty years ago? And what can be done about it now? (If you don't want to read about an insane result of the "transgender" agenda and of non-discrimination laws for "gender identity," you may not want to read below the fold. The remainder of the post is not graphically detailed but is certainly outrageous.)
At Evergreen State University in Olympia, WA, a 45-year-old man who goes by the name of "Colleen" and pretends to be a woman insists on using the locker rooms and sauna at the university, where apparently he is a student. In case the question occurs to your mind, "Colleen" is fully biologically male and has not undergone surgery. Nor does it appear that he has any intention of doing so, for whatever relevance that has to what follows.
The locker rooms at Evergreen State are also used by the girls' swim teams of Olympia High School and of the Evergreen Swim Club and Aquatics Academy. These groups, taken together, include girls from age six through high school.
"Colleen" changes in the locker rooms where the girls change and uses the women's locker room sauna, and on more than one occasion he has, shall we say, maximally exposed himself in full sight of women and minor girls.
Evergreen State refuses to do anything about it, alleging state law that bans discrimination on the basis of "gender identity," which allegedly includes a man's right to "live as a woman" and use a women's locker room and sauna in the presence of minor girls. This insane and misleading news report refers to "Colleen" consistently as a woman and coyly neglects to tell the reader just how those who complained came to the conclusion that the person in the sauna was a man. They were obviously terrible, discriminatory bigots for thinking that he was a man and asking that he be removed after they couldn't help noticing that he, er, was a man, in the nude, sitting in the sauna.
There remains an indecent exposure statute on the books in Washington State which definitely is applicable here. However, the state's attorney general refuses to prosecute because he finds the law "very vague in this area." Translation: Normally a man who went about naked in a women's locker room, especially in the presence of minor girls, would be straightforwardly guilty of indecent exposure and would be arrested, especially if he wouldn't abide by requests that he stop. However, the state's non-discrimination law throws all of this into a cocked hat if the man claims that he is a woman and "lives as a woman." So the local executive authority is going to blink on this one and let "Colleen" go on roaming the girls' locker room unchecked.
Meanwhile, what about the girls? Evergreen State has offered them a different, smaller, locker room in which to change. See, if you are a normal woman or girl and don't want to interact with a man exposing himself while you yourself are changing into a swimsuit, you are the one who has to move. He's a member of a persecuted minority (namely, men who think they are women and like to sit about naked in women's locker rooms in front of little girls), so he can't be asked to do anything different or to go elsewhere. He has to be given the run of the ordinary locker room, but maybe a smaller locker room can be found for those who are hoping to avoid him. Reports are unclear as to whether this smaller locker room has a lock on the door. In fact, this report implies that the area offered to the girls for changing is merely behind curtains, which is scarcely likely to make parents and women feel particularly secure. (The letter also indicates that "Colleen" is not the first man to be using the women's locker room at Evergreen State.)
What it comes to is that this man has ruined these girls' hobby. And it's not as though normal grown women would want to use the pool under these conditions either. Parents of girls on the swim teams have the unpleasant choice of taking them off the team altogether or of continuing to leave them in this incredibly inappropriate, not to mention risky, situation. Whether the swim teams can find another pool that isn't, for the moment, having its women's locker rooms stalked by a man, remains to be seen. Perhaps they aren't even trying, or perhaps there are no other good candidates in the area. In any event, with this green light from the local attorney general, it would be a mere matter of chance if some other pool were safe for now.
"Colleen" and others like him thus get to mess up university locker rooms and innocent hobbies such as swimming for everyone else, and the liberal agenda portrays them as the victims. The above-linked news story was about the sad and terrible fact that one woman one time actually told "Colleen" that he had to leave instead of sitting around naked in the sauna. The headline was not, "Man Exposes Himself Naked to Minors: Prosecutor Will Do Nothing." No, the real story for the great American public was "Transgender woman told to leave women's locker room." Ah, well, I guess that story has a happy ending from the perspective of KIROTV. Truth and justice triumph. "Colleen" vindicated.
I've seen some comments on this story that tie it in to the craziness of the "left coast." Maybe, maybe not. My own mid-sized Midwestern city passed a local non-discrimination ordinance three years ago that included "gender identity." As far as I can tell, "Colleen" could stalk girls at our local YMCA unhindered just as well as he can in Olympia. What would the local prosecutor and the city attorney do? Let's be clear: The legislative history of our local ordinance would show that the city council, which wrote the language, expressly considered scenarios in which a person still possesses the, er, equipment of one sex but "presents" as the other sex, and they intended to allow such people (who are deemed to be "in transition," though "Colleen" doesn't actually seem to be "transitioning" anywhere) to use the facilities of the gender with which they choose to identify.
Nonetheless, indecent exposure laws remain on the books. So what's a nice attorney general to do?
I say, prosecute and damn the torpedoes. Either the courts will side with "Colleen" and his ilk or they won't. If the prosecution goes through, right will triumph and "Colleen" and anyone else haunting little girls in the locker room will be told he can't do this anymore. If the case is dismissed because of a non-discrimination law, this will highlight the absolute urgency of repealing the non-discrimination statute
The fact that this has happened at all and that the media and other leftists side firmly with "Colleen" removes the pretense that "that will never happen" from those who advocate such laws in new jurisdictions. Be sure to bookmark this information and use it if such an ordinance should come to your town or state.
This post also seems relevant to a question that came up in a side discussion below: Is it always necessary to have explicit arguments against anything the left happens to bring up? My own opinion is that it is not. Things like this are a good example of the utter insanity that is presently being proposed in the world we live in. We are not open to the charge of bigotry, nor are our young people, if we cannot produce an essay on why men should not be allowed to expose themselves to women and girls. Visceral shock and anger are entirely appropriate responses and are a sign of a healthy mind.
Meanwhile, I'm sorry to say it, but we normal people (not even just Christians, but any normal people) are being driven back upon ourselves at every turn. Parents whose girls are on these swim teams need to take them off the teams if the team can't or won't move to a safe location immediately. Sorry I am to say so, and one hates to surrender all the public spaces to the orcs, but better that than send your daughters to change in the locker room among them.
May God help us all and somehow deliver this nation from the pit into which it is falling.
(Note: Due to the distasteful nature of the subject matter, I ask readers, including supportive readers, to be especially careful to observe as much decorum as possible in your comments and in any links you should put into your comments. There is additional information on this subject available on the Internet which is too graphic and which would be better not to link.)