Editorial in a North Carolina newspaper says girls should just get used to sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with men.
The editorial board wrote an article in support of Obama’s recent actions on gender-neutral bathrooms, saying the issue has prompted a wave of “unnecessary fears”.
The editorial admits Obama’s decree that all U.S. schools must allow boys to use the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms does carry a big stick – the implied withholding of federal money from schools who don’t comply – but states that it will eventually bring acceptance as people realize “what happens in a bathroom is a lot less fearsome than the question.”
The Charlotte Observer editorial says women and girls need to get over their discomfort about sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with someone who has different genitalia.
They liken it to racial discrimination from years ago, or gay marriage. “This is what the Obama administration nudged the rest of the country toward Friday. Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”
It claims that Republicans in North Carolina “have made the most of those fears” and that safety concerns are “political fiction.” “There have been no incidents involving locker rooms and bathrooms because of transgender policies. It is, eventually, a non-issue,” says the editorial board.
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