This “genderless” bathroom issue continues to be a great example of why conservatives need to learn how to fight the information war. So much of this “debate” is being driven by a tiny (and anti-biological science) group committed to goals that are not new (read more on that here). Here is Glenn T. Stanton writing at The Federalist:
These new bathroom policies, besides increasing government regulations, also require that every woman and girl get used to having men invade.
Our good friends over at NRO presented what they say is a conservative case for opening up public restrooms and locker rooms to either sex. Although written by an incredibly smart man—Josh Gelernter—the article seems to miss the nature of the issue itself, and by some margin.
His lead-off was not surprising: Conservatives should be cool with transgender folks doing what they want because “conservatism is the mind-your-own-business ideology.” He calls to the stand Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who desires that their legislature not consider a trans-bathroom protection bill because “the last thing we need is more government rules.” Putting aside that this feels more like the the desire to avoid a nuclear hot potato masquerading as a principled stand, let’s consider the veracity of this line of thought.
First, both rationales are faulty to a fault. Second, Gelernter ricochets quickly from these into endeavoring to show how inadequate the concerns over gender-free bathroom and locker room policies are. It’s easy when you reduce the whole thing down to “It will let predators in” as the primary concern. This is naïve.
De-Gendering Private Spaces Is a New Government Rule
Let’s address the “mind-your-own-business” part first. That is not conservatism. It’s a muscular libertarianism. Good conservatives are more than comfortable telling people they shouldn’t do certain things, and have been for quite some time.
Read more: The Federalist
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