In a recent article in LGBT Weekly. Mr. "Autumn" Sandeen again advocates for "access to bathrooms." And in this particular article, he exhibits an appalling lack of having a clue. He launches into one of his favorite themes...feminists sharing similar views to conservative Christians. And yet, in complaining about this, he misses a very big clue.
Here we have two groups that are, for the most part, polar opposites. One would expect little common ground between them. And yes, both stridently oppose unrestricted access to women's spaces, in particular restrooms, by men who claim to be women.
Now, it is an interesting fact that, for many years, pre-op transsexuals were able to easily access the women's room. The problem affects those who are more inclined to identify as "transgender." Now, I have given quite a bit of thought to term, and I have come to the conclusion that the vast, overwhelming majority of those who prefer to be labeled "transgender" tend to retain a considerable amount of identification as "male." Unlike the classic transsexual, they seem to want people to be forced to "see" them as women, while be totally aware that the person was born male. Actually being a woman, in a real, meaningful way, is outside their interests. They want to be women, but male. They want to adopt a female identify, persona, and dress, but to remain a male. Some may go so far as to have surgery, but they still insist on being "out, loud, and proud." They reject the concept of stealth, and have no desire to enter the women's room and only be seen as a woman.
Now, in some cases, this is connected to the sexual arousal that many feel. Being in the women's room, or shower, or locker room, or other places that they are not really welcome, is part of the thrill.
But, it never occurs to the kooks like Sandeen that perhaps the reason two groups can find common ground in this issue is that it actually is a serious issue that should not be brushed aside so quickly. That, perhaps, some common sense is called for. That honestly considering one's appearance, demeanor, and likelihood of being accepted as female, should be considered instead of just barging in, and expecting to be accepted.