AFA Goes All Wobbly About Unisex Bathrooms

The American Family Association is so focused on scaring its followers (that is how you bring the money in, after all) with harrowing tales of little girls raped by trans* people in public bathrooms that they’re lying about a Washington, DC law that applies only to single-occupant bathrooms.

A regulation on the books since 2006 is now being enforced, requiring removal of signage on single-stall public bathrooms designating it for men or women, in order to accommodate the transgendered community. Public places that don’t comply could be charged with a civil infraction and fined $500.

OneNewsNow talked with Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for American Family Association. “Well, once again we see an example of how the homosexual lobby is seeking to coerce and compel people of faith and goodwill against their will to accept and recognize and approve sexual deviancy,” he says.

In addition, AFA president Tim Wildmon feels that because businesses that don’t meet the terms of the regulation face possible fines, it places “yet another strain on American business owners so the LGBTQ community can feel validated.”

“Time after time,” Wildmon continues, “special rules apply to the LBGTQ community; but the equality for everyone seems to end there, as it’s obvious that no thought has been given to the male and female customers of these businesses who prefer the privacy of a restroom specific to their gender.”

The law in DC is that single-occupant restrooms have to be unisex so that anyone can use them. This is a good idea for many reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with LGBT people. How that turns into “special rules” that apply only to LGBT people will remain a mystery.

He says gender differences ought to be respected and privacy considered as well as the fact that many women will be offended, if not struck with fear, seeing a man enter their bathroom.

Um. You do realize that only one person goes in to a single-occupant bathroom at a time, right? Do you think that women are so fragile that the mere idea that a man might use the same bathroom they do when they’re not in it will strike them with fear? How on earth would they manage with their home bathroom if they have a man that uses that one too? Lies, lies, lies. That’s all they’ve got.

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  • iknklast

    I wish every place would adopt that. I’ve always thought it ridiculous that I couldn’t go into an unused single-occupant bathroom simply because it was marked for males. If the female bathroom was occupied, I was expected to stand there and wait. (I’m sure this happens to men, too!).

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Everyone knows rapists are like vampires. If they are not invited in, they cannot rape. Here, a rapist could NEVER enter a women’s restroom and rape. But a unisex one? Well, that is a veritable rape buffet!! Thanks, Obama!!

  • D. C. Sessions

    Ed, there’s a very serious chance that if a man uses a toilet, he’ll leave the seat up.

  • busterggi

    Thundermug – two persons enter, one leaves at a time to be discrete.

  • eric

    many women will be offended, if not struck with fear, seeing a man enter their bathroom

    I dunno…if he’s carrynig a newspaper or magazine, the fear might be warranted…

  • Doug Little

    OneNewsNow talked with Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for American Family Association.

    HahHAhahahHAhha analysis.

  • dingojack

    ” Do you think that women are so fragile that the mere idea that a man might use the same bathroom they do when they’re not in it will strike them with fear?”

    Well of course it would – but it’d be the piss all over the floor and the seat being up that’d really give ’em the heebie-geebies

    The Horror, the Horror, the Horror!.

    @@

    Dingo

  • rationalinks

    This is why I put up “Men” and “Ladies” signs on the bathrooms at my house. Unfortunately none of the women in my house can take a shower anymore, but you gotta do what you gotta do to protect the children.

  • dugglebogey

    Wait until they find out that every residence in the country has “unisex” bathrooms. They’ll be outraged!

  • Doug Little

    Wait until they find out that every residence in the country has “unisex” bathrooms. They’ll be outraged!

    And the plumbing accommodates the plumbing no matter who you are. Outraged… I think so.

  • https://www.facebook.com/katie.mae.stacey Katie Stacey

    I’ve always thought single occupant restrooms should be unisex anyway. Simply for the convenience factor for all people not having to wait.

  • ambassadorfromverdammt

    @4 Busterggi

    Ah, now I am beginning to fathom their concern. What if only 1 person enters, but 2 emerge (discretely, of course), then there would be -1 persons inside. This is bound to create some sort of vortex which would destroy civilization as we know it.

  • Chiroptera

    In addition, AFA president Tim Wildmon feels that because businesses that don’t meet the terms of the regulation face possible fines, it places “yet another strain on American business owners so the LGBTQ community can feel validated.”

    lol

    Yeah, I can imagine the countless small businesses going bankrupt from the burden of NOT HAVING A SIGN ON THE BATHROOM!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    Women quaking in fear? I don’t think so. But, since men seem to pee at it, rather than in it, the women might be fairly grossed out.

  • dingojack

    And what of all those swarms of pedos hanging around unisex disabled toilets*.

    Dingo

    ——–

    * what,, none? Not a one?

  • dingojack

    What about those pernicious ‘baby changing’ or ‘parent & baby’ rooms. Magnets for degenerates and desperadoes.*

    Dingo

    ——–

    * I wouldn’t be surprised if they attracted [clutches pearls tightly] — Methodists! [horror music stab]

    @@

  • Stacey C.

    Sadly I know that people *do* get weirded out. They were working on the men’s room downstairs in our office and so the ladies room (which only has one stall) was temporarily unisex. They added a lock to the outside door but some people were still uncomfortable. Personally, I don’t really like anyone sharing my space when I use the toilet but if someone is going to-I don’t care what gender they identify with.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, bathrooms are pretty bad. I don’t know which is worse, women confirming that men are pigs or men finding out that women are just as bad.

     

    Stacey C. “Personally, I don’t really like anyone sharing my space when I use the toilet…”

    It’s a minefield of socia taboos. Whose jacket goes on the only hook? Who wipes first, the one sitting on the toilet or the one sitting on his or her lap? What if there’s only one square of toilet paper left? Who flushes?

    I say heck to all that and just go in the bushes.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    “I say heck to all that and just go in the bushes.”

    Once again, I am in complete agreement with you modus. If God didn’t want us to just do it in the bushes he wouldn’t have invented bushes.

  • dingojack

    sigurd jorsalfar – I’m guessing that in that hypothetical gay marriage (mentioned on another thread) —

    you’d be marketing yourself as a ‘bear’.

    :) Dingo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    Let’s face it. Men are icky and can never hit their target. It’s just common sense.

    A few months ago I was at a supermarket which had a single-occupancy terlet. After I used it I walked out and saw a woman and a young boy standing outside. She asked me if I could take her son into the restroom and make sure he was safe. I was a total stranger to them! I explained to her how dangerous that was and I said that I would be glad to check to make sure no one was in the potty room and then I would stand guard outside the door until he was finished. She didn’t seemed to grasp my meaning but she agreed with my plan. What’s wrong with people?

  • lofgren

    I ignore the sign on single occupant bathrooms anyway. If I gotta go I’m not going to stand around like a schmuck while there’s an empty bathroom RIGHT THERE.

    Although I have done this for years (and never gotten so much as a dirty look for it), I’ve been feeling especially validated since going to a restaurant with my daughter recently and discovering that the men’s room did not have a changing table.

  • http://genderqueerview.blogspot.com Natasha

    I only feel comfortable using a unisex restroom when I’m out. I’ve transitioned far enough to be very nervous in the man’s rooms and am still read as male often enough to be worried using the woman’s room.

    Basically the AFA wants trans people to stay at home if they can’t just legislate us out of existence.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    lofgren, men’s rooms used to, but we played poker on them. And, no matter how good my hand was, the wife wouldn’t forgive me for losing the baby.

  • Curt Cameron

    DC Sessions wrote:

    Ed, there’s a very serious chance that if a man uses a toilet, he’ll leave the seat up.

    I always leave the seat up when I finish with a unisex restroom.

    Given the fact that there are men who would not bother to lift the seat when urinating, I figure I’m quite possibly saving some later person* from having to deal with a messy seat.

    * I’ve always thought of this as helping a later woman visitor, but I guess it applies to either.

  • lofgren

    I only feel comfortable using a unisex restroom when I’m out. I’ve transitioned far enough to be very nervous in the man’s rooms and am still read as male often enough to be worried using the woman’s room.

    I feel that the only issue at hand when we talk about whether trans people should be “allowed” to use the bathroom of their chosen* gender rather than the one assigned by their genitals is the comfort of the people who need to go to bathroom. It’s understandable and even reasonable to me that some people, especially women, might feel uncomfortable that there is a person of the opposite sex in the stall next to them. But that’s nothing compared to the discomfort that a trans person must feel having to walk into the bathroom of the gender they no longer present or identify as.

    *I know nobody chooses their gender but I honestly don’t know what the proper word is here.

  • Trebuchet

    @14, eoraptor:

    Women quaking in fear? I don’t think so. But, since men seem to pee at it, rather than in it, the women might be fairly grossed out.

    Comradde Physioproffe begges to differ.

  • alexmcdonald

    Passing through Amsterdam Airport this weekend, I saw yet again the irrational fear that Americans seem to have for toilets. Or restrooms or bathrooms; the fact that they’re not for resting or bathing is one of life’s little confusions.

    Male toilets, female cleaner, men (not Americans) taking a whizz at the urinals and using the sitdooneries, and an American standing at the entrance looking like someone had punched him in the gut. I said “Excuse me” to pass him, and he says “There’s a woman in there…”

    Victorian vapours at their finest. Pass the smelling salts.

  • eric

    lofgren;

    I’ve been feeling especially validated since going to a restaurant with my daughter recently and discovering that the men’s room did not have a changing table.

    I’ve had the same experience. Though around here all the bigger, multi-person public bathrooms have changing tables in both, it is still common for the ‘one-person’ types in some stores and restaurants to only have a changing table in the one marked women. Sorry ladies about monopolizing your marked toilet, but that’s what we had to do.

  • JustaTech

    The only encounter I’ve had with a person of the opposite (presenting) gender in a public bathroom was the time a toddler escaped from his mother in the Ikea bathroom, and he went under every stall, down the whole line, saying “hello!”. There was a lot of “excuse me!” and “go back to your mother” but no one freaked out.

    (The weird thing is that at Ikea, there are little chairs on the inside of the stall doors to restrain a child.)

  • scienceavenger

    Fisher is going all Muslim here, the sexes can’t be expected to control themselves.

    The real question here is why a bathroom used by TWO sexes is called UNIsex, that’s always seemed bass-ackwards to me.

  • caseloweraz

    alexmacdonald: Passing through Amsterdam Airport this weekend, I saw yet again the irrational fear that Americans seem to have for toilets. Or restrooms or bathrooms; the fact that they’re not for resting or bathing is one of life’s little confusions.

    I think you may have discovered the explanation for the Fermi paradox. If the two sexes of one species engender such uneasiness, imagine what a set of bathrooms for various different species would produce. Pan-galactic panic-blasters!

  • dingojack

    scienceavenger – well if you’re going in to have a shit, ‘ass-backward’ is a good approach.

    :) Dingo