VOICES: Anti-transgender bathroom bills are an overall attack on women

Category:  Opinions
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at 8:21 PM

A few years prior to me writing this, North Carolina passed a bill banning “Men from entering women’s bathrooms” by making people who identify as women (and as men) instead go into the bathroom for their biological identity. One problem with this is that some cisgender women (women who identify with their birth gender) had been attacked due to looking more “manly” or “not feminine enough.” It has also been stated that transgender people had been assaulted using the bathroom of their biological gender. 

But this is also an attack on women as a whole. With these bills, they are ONLY looking at trans women, but not trans men. Looking at the wording of the bills, they use very distinct language that indicates they are only gunning for transgender women. They rarely, if ever, go toward trans men. It made me wonder, why? It’s not because we are “men in dresses,” or “predatory,” or “just a fetish.” It is the fact that we want to be women. So, due to the bill only focusing on trans women (people assigned male at birth, but who later identify as women) and most people not even knowing about trans men (people assigned female at birth but who later identify as men), when it comes to the law, they’re mostly attacking trans women and want to put limitations on them.

Hear me out. Look at one of the laws; it is usually based around trans women. They might use the phrasing, “bathroom of their biological gender,” but it’s always about “protecting young girls” or “seeing a man in the women’s bathroom.” The wording is also important because, again, trans men are never usually in the conversation. It is always about trans WOMEN’s bodies, what trans WOMEN do, where they go, and even what they look like. HB2, North Carolina’s anti-transgender bathroom bill, basically just looked at trans women and never men.

This is similar to how sexist ideas regarding women’s bodies are still exercised within our own society. A lot of cis women have been denied certain health products, such as tampons, pads, birth control, or even getting a tubal ligation, due to people not understanding how most women work. Also, with getting a tubal ligation, a big issue lies in the fact that some women have stated the doctor will not perform it due to not having a husband’s permission. This is especially disturbing since some women want to get the procedure due to having a “bad birth,” or the child and/or mom could have died during birth and bled a lot afterwards. However, if a cis man wanted to get a vasectomy, the doctor most likely would not tell them, “they need to talk to their wife.”

There’s also a big issue with the stigma around birth control. Not only do a lot of people with uteruses use it as a way of, well, controlling pregnancy, but it can also help with periods. They can help the person’s period be more bearable. Many people use birth control to help regulate their periods and help lessen the pain that is caused by cramps and menstrual side effects.

Now, what does this have to do with transgender people?

Well, look at how they treat cis women’s bodies and then see how they treat trans women. It is not completely the same, but it’s always against women and never the men. 

Therefore, the bathroom bills are not only against women but are not even to “protect women.” It was never for “protection,” it was for control. Just like they do for menstrual products and birth control.

Joslyn Kovaly is a contributing writer for The Spectator. They can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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