Experts have repeatedly debunked the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws give sexual predators access to women’s restrooms, but that hasn’t stopped conservative media outlets from promoting fake news stories to fear monger about trans-inclusive bathrooms.
For as long as the transgender community has fought for protection from discrimination in public spaces, conservatives have peddled the myth that sexual predators will exploit non-discrimination laws to sneak into women’s restrooms.
That fear has been an extremely effective tool for scaring people into voting against even basic protections for transgender people, which is why conservatives routinely use the phrase “bathroom bill" to describe laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. When conservative media outlets attack non-discrimination laws for transgender people, they almost exclusively focus on bathroom and locker room facilities.But that fear is baseless - completely unsupported by years of evidence from states that already have non-discrimination laws on the books. In a newMedia Matters report, experts from twelve states - including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates - debunk the myth that non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms
Right wingers don’t give a flipping crap about sexual assault, let alone women’s safety (citation needed but I’m too tired, just freakin’ google “GOP rape” and you should start to get a good idea about it) unless they can use it as an excuse to be total shitheads to another group that they hate. Once again… using women as resources to be used.
They don’t give a shit about whether or not women are raped or assaulted. Period. Remember this and realize that they’re making shit up to make you think that there’s anything beyond their own bigotry pushing this assholishness. There is absolutely no risk to women from trans women - who are women - and you wouldn’t even know if she’s pre-op trans unless you’re peeking in the other stalls.
And that’s just bad manners. If you are doing that, stop.
^Reblogging again for awesome commentary.