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Privacy of students is important

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - Updated: 2:12 AM
BY MARTIN COTHRAN Family Foundation of Kentucky

A number of state legislatures have seen the introduction of proposed laws that would restrict bathroom use in schools according to the student's biological gender. Kentucky is one of them.

These bills have been met by support among many conservatives, but have been subjected to heavy fire by liberal special interest groups who charge that they are an attempt to institutionalize discrimination against people who claim to be another gender than the one they were born with.

The case for these bills is quite simple: Many parents don't want their children using school facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms with students of the opposite biological sex. They think there are already enough problems with sexual harassment, not to mention the simple embarrassment a child naturally experiences when having to fully or partially disrobe in close quarters without the kind of privacy sex-segregated facilities have always provided.

Parents aren't thinking about discrimination when it comes to rules governing school facilities. All they care about is the well-being of their children. But the ideological nature of the opposition to laws that would preserve these traditional rules seems to have little room for basic parental concerns. And the result is the politicization of yet another aspect of our society.

One of their arguments against such laws is that transgender students will be safer if they are allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they believe they are, regardless of bxaiology. But there are two problems with this.

First, they never explain how a biological female using a male bathroom or a biological male using a female bathroom will be safer. In fact, to some people it sounds like a recipe for trouble. And in truth, the real motivation behind the opposition seems to be something very different from safety: The desire to force others to explicitly affirm the increasingly exotic dogmas of modern gender theory, with its belief in a multitude of new gender categories that seems to expand by the week.

More practically speaking, bathrooms aren't made for politics: They're made for biological realities. A simple inspection of the appliances in any bathroom will make that clear. Of course, when the people who now claim that urinals are "gender biased" get their way, we won't have to worry about that any more.

Despite common sense arguments in favor of such legislation, a few conservatives have been spooked by arguments that Kentucky will suffer the same fate as North Carolina, if we pass such legislation. Liberals argue that North Carolina lost business and the governor lost re-election as a result. This argument has everything going for it but the evidence.

In fact, the governor was tepid in his support of the legislation and tarnished by other issues that cost him popularity. Meanwhile, the sponsor of the North Carolina bill did not lose last November, but was promoted by his constituents from the House to the Senate. And the state's attorney general, the chief advocate for the bill, won reelection by over 300,000 votes.

And not only that, not a single Kentucky lawmaker who voted for a similar measure last year lost his seat last November. Not one.

And a loss of jobs in the state? North Carolina experienced the eighth fastest job growth of any state in 2016 and is predicted to add over 100,000 jobs in 2017. It also outpaced the average of other states in numerous economic indicators.

Didn't hear this on the news? That's because these facts don't fit the liberal media narrative.

Bathrooms need to be depoliticized. It's not only common sense and good business, it's better for children.

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