Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas this week signed a bill that bars boys from using girls’ restrooms in governmment schools, a necessary step towards ensuring the privacy, safety, and sense of modesty for girls.
From the Daily Caller:
House Bill 1156 restricts public school bathrooms, restrooms, changing rooms, and shower rooms to use by members of the same biological sex.
A second bill, Senate Bill 270 amends the Arkansas Code to clarify the definition of “sex” as “a person’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth.” The bill has passed the Arkansas Senate.
The bill says an adult of 18 years or older is guilty of “sexual indecency with a child” if they knowingly use a public changing facility assigned to individuals of the opposite sex. The definition of “public changing facility” includes restrooms, bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms, according to the legislation.
The “transgender” argument ignores the fact that there are legitimate concerns about the privacy and safety of girls stuck in these situations. What about the girls who don’t want to share intimate spaces with boys, even if the boy is wearing makeup and a dress? Girls deserve to have a private and safe space. But no one, not even feminists, seem to care about their comfort.
Who do these girls have to turn to? They risk punishment, as was the case with 14-year-old Blake Allen in Vermont.
As members of the girls’ volleyball team changed in the locker room, a boy walked in. Blake said she was uncomfortable undressing in front of him and asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, then he started looking at the girls in their bras. Blake said she left in a panic. The girls felt distressed. But the school did not care. In fact, administrators threatened to suspend Blake if she didn’t apologize to the boy. She refused and filed a lawsuit instead.
The school dropped the suspension threat.
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