“Trans* is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum. There’s a ton of diversity in the different identities there, but we often group them all together (e.g., when we say “trans*” issues). In this way, trans (without the asterisk) can be intentionally used to describe trans men and trans women, while the asterisk makes special note in an effort to include all transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming identities, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderfuck, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, and trans man and trans woman…” Continue reading: What does the asterisk in “trans*” stand for?
Target’s policy to allow trans* people to use the restrooms of the sex they identify with caters to people’s private subjective beliefs about themselves. We could even say their policy caters to mentally ill people’s subjective beliefs about themselves.
I say “sex they identify with” (above) because Target only has two restrooms: women’s and men’s.
Target’s policy says “we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” But Target doesn’t (yet) have 50 public restrooms for all of the genders on the gender spectrum.(Sorry, no “genderfuck” specific restrooms (yet.)
A public restroom is supposed to serve public objective realities, not private subjective beliefs.
If a man believes — subjectively — he’s a woman, he can use Target’s public women’s restroom, even though — objectively — he’s a man?
If a man believes he’s a dog, should PetSmart be required to groom him?
What if I believe — subjectively — everything Target has is mine? Can I take it? Or will I be arrested for stealing that which — objectively — belongs to Target?
I think you know the answer to that.
Here’s where the problem begins. People are confusing private and public matters and spaces. We can also say people are confusing subjective (private) and objective (public) realities.
Phenomenologically, a fifteen year-old boy who is trans* can do a pretty good job of making himself appear to be a young woman. But a 60 year-old man can’t.
A fifteen year-old trans* boy may fool women into thinking he’s a woman, and he may be able to use a public woman’s restroom without anyone suspecting that what appears to be a “she” is, in fact, a “he”. Or maybe he won’t. He does, after all, have a penis.
Public reality = outward appearances.
Private reality = the naked body.
Public reality: If have a penis, and you appear (objectively) to others be a man dressed as a woman, you’re a man, regardless of what you believe (subjectively) about your gender.
Private reality: If you can see your penis, you can see (objectively) you’re a man, regardless of what you believe (subjectively) about your gender.
Phenomenologically speaking, does the man who believes he’s a woman, in the video interview below, sound like a woman, or does he sound like a man? (Hint: He sounds like a man.)
In short, if someone wants to think they’re a woman when they’re a man, they are free to post a WOMEN’S RESTROOM sign on the door of the bathroom in their home. They can enjoy their private “reality” (=fantasy) all they want in the privacy of their own home.
In public they have no right to force the rest of us to embrace their fantasy.
When it comes to society, order, and public spaces, what if someone believed (subjectively) that red metal octagonal signs on street corners with the word STOP written on them meant GO?
If we, as a society, begin conforming to what people believe in their mind to be true, where will it end? If a criminal believes he didn’t commit a crime should we set him free?
As Rabbi Bergoglio says: “Who am I to judge?”
I’m afraid the western world has descended into epistemological chaos. We do not (or will not) recognize objective reality for what it is. We have rejected God and order. We have embraced Satan and chaos.
We are reaping what we have sown.