It should surprise no one that they are all anti-trans activists and right wing talking heads.
While attempting to prompt the responses he wanted from some GMU students about the recently signed California student rights bill, right wing activist and videographer Dan Joseph revealed “you mean like a guy who just wants to see some naked chicks going ‘oh, I’m transgendered and I need to go to the girls locker room?’ I mean, that’s what I would do.“
Thank you for that heads-up. Now we know who to keep an eye on, as we have warned before: Those who repeat the lie that respecting the human rights of trans people will result in creepy men invading women’s restrooms.
What was striking about Joseph’s video montage was how hard he had to work to get anything approaching the responses he was seeking. For the most part, the students said things like “Yeah, that might be a little weird at first,” and “people need to do what they need to do,” and “my parents probably wouldn’t like it.” It left me with the impression that they were all basically nice people without much information who wanted to be fair to everybody; this was the most negative footage Joseph had to work with?
Similar claims were made by Bill O’Reilly, who said “I would have done that as a senior in high school,” and Greg Gutfeld, who shared this: “As a devious teen growing up, I would tell girls that I’m a girl trapped in a boy’s body, just so I could sneak into the girls’ bathroom. In fact, I do that now at Fox News. … Gretchen Carlson threw me out of the bathroom just last week.”
Perpetrators of the “bathroom bill” fraud are now pretending that they would pretend to be transgender women in order to “see some naked chicks.” You might wonder why they would embarrass themselves personally by making this claim; why not illustrate their point with actual cases of boys claiming to be transgender in order to access girls’ facilities? I bet you know already – there aren’t any. No one ever has, and no one would, actually do this.
Which is exactly why people like Joseph, O’Reilly, and Gutfeld have to claim that they personally would be the ones who pretend to be transgender to sneak into women’s facilities.
There are no real world examples to support their horror story. They have to become the horror story in order to prove its credibility.
Although we’ve now been given very good reason to expect unlawful behavior from such people. While no one would pretend to be transgender for this purpose, apparently some would pretend to pretend to be transgender. It’s currently illegal for anyone to enter a restroom or locker room for the purpose of surveillance or sexual harassment, regardless of their gender or gender presentation, and that’s not going to change. So I would strongly recommend that they not do what they now want everyone to believe is “allowed.” It is not.
The purpose of these statements by anti-trans activists is consistent with the only known instance of a man actually pretending, or pretending to pretend, to be transgender, revealed to be a hoax with the sole purpose of “testing” a non-discrimination law. In that incident, a male activist from the Montgomery County “showerhead” group entered the women’s locker room at a health club (wearing a “blue ruffled skirt”) while another activist held a press conference in the lobby. The stunt was apparently supposed to be taken seriously, but when questioned the activists admitted that it “was meant to get some media attention.”
As Mara Keisling of NCTE said of the latest campaign, it’s “just sad and kind of sick.”