The very thing the left mocked as a ‘ridiculous’ fear… has happened.
This is one instance in which we on the right would rather we had been proven wrong. But sadly, our instincts were spot on… for the usual reason. Because they actually accounted for human nature.
Before we get to that, let’s back up a little.
It wasn’t that long ago when the biggest political dumpster-fire was the debate about who can and should use which bathroom.
The battle-lines were drawn in the predictable places.
Leftist Corporations and interest groups threw their money behind the cause. Some sports leagues were making business decisions based on whether a particular State had the ‘right’ bathroom policy. California even instituted a ‘travel ban‘ to States with the ‘wrong’ bathroom policy.
The narrative on the Left was ‘tolerance’ and ‘identity’.
The counter-argument on the right was ‘the safety of ladies and girls in restrooms’.
If you followed the debate carefully, nobody was ever all that ‘concerned’ about someone born female, but living as though she were a man waltzing into a men’s room.
People in a men’s room might get a little ‘weirded out’ (if they even noticed… bathrooms aren’t a place where men are interested in making eye contact) but there was no concern of a ‘threat’ being raised.
The Right understands that we live in a
world culture where most people are generally decent to one another, but we do have Predators in our midst.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal brought that idea into sharp focus.
And women’s bathrooms are specifically designed to exclude men. Not just for privacy reasons, but safety reasons.
The trade-off of that arrangement is that this presents an opportunity to a predator because he will not fear a physical encounter with a larger, stronger male coming to the defense of a girl, teen or woman he has decided to overpower.
THAT is the situation we wanted to avoid.
While the story that followed appears to have happened in a private home, it still took place in the seclusion of a bathroom.
It is exactly the situation we want to protect our children from. And perhaps, this will reframe the debate.
A 10-year-old girl was invited into a bathroom by Michelle (aka Miguel) Martinez, who had been drinking heavily.
The girl told police that Martinez, who is a family friend, invited her into the bathroom, touched her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her. Nurses at the Wyoming Medical Center completed a sexual assault exam and found redness and abrasions on the girl’s genitalia.
If the ten-year-old girl in question had been ‘invited into a bathroom’ by Miguel and instead of Michelle, do you think the simple childhood modesty and awkwardness of being in a bathroom with a dude would have made her uncomfortable with the invite?
Could that have spared her from the horrors that followed?
Is the conflict we predicted between identity and safety FINALLY a topic worth discussing without the usual leftist slurs of ‘phobia’ putting the brakes on the conversation?