One of the most overused phrases in the English language is: There ought to be a law.
There ought to be common sense, but these days that seems entirely uncommon.
Perhaps that is why Assemblywoman Vicki Dooling believed it necessary to introduce Assembly Bill 375, which would enact into state law the dictate that public school facilities — such as restrooms, locker rooms and showers — designed for gender segregation be used only by persons of the designated biological gender.
The bill is being pushed by Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Family Alliance, who says she discovered that two Nevada school districts — Clark and Washoe — had been contemplating adopting school policies that were basically cut and pasted from an online model policy by the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Here are a couple excerpts from the model policy:
“Students shall have access to all restrooms that correspond to their gender identity consistently asserted at school. Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, should be provided access to a single user restroom. However, no student shall be required to use such a restroom because they are transgender or gender nonconforming. …
“The use of locker rooms by transgender students shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the goals of maximizing the student’s social integration and equal opportunity to participate in physical education classes and sports, ensuring the student’s safety and comfort, and minimizing stigmatization of the student. In most cases, transgender students should have access to the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school, like all other students. …
“All students shall be permitted to participate in physical education classes and intramural sports in a manner consistent with their gender identity.”
The accommodation of one is paramount over the discomfit of everyone else in this society in which the rule has become: Be tolerant or we’ll the beat the crap out of you.
Witness the pummeling death of two bills in the Nevada Legislature under the rubric of restoring religious freedom.
Will a bill with language such as this survive?
“For any pupil who asserts at school a gender that is different than the pupil’s biological sex, a public school shall provide the best available accommodation that meets the needs of the pupil, but such accommodation must not include access to a school restroom, locker room or shower designated for use by persons whose biological sex is different from the pupil’s biological sex.”
Or have we forgotten that the original definition of discrimination was the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing.
“It still comes as a surprise to many parents that there are people advocating to allow boys in the girls bathroom,” said England in a press release. “But, of course privacy opponents rarely are so blunt about their intentions. They lobby for open bathrooms and locker rooms claiming that open bathrooms actually provide more privacy and safety.”
The various draft policies stress the privacy of the “transgender” or “gender nonconforming” student to the point that it appears teachers and administrators would be prohibited from discussing with the child’s parents his/her or her/his behavior at school.
Philip K. Howard’s 1995 book “The Death of Common Sense” was prophetic.
The innocence of childhood lost.