< The Equality Act would enshrine in federal law the growing practice of allowing men who claim female identity access to women’s changing rooms, restrooms, and other private spaces.
< Men’s voyeurism of women is a long-standing and continuing problem.
< The development of tiny cameras and cell phones has expanded opportunities for spying on women.
< A study found a statistically significant increase in sexual offenses in Target store restrooms and change rooms following announcement of that company’s “gender inclusion policy,” which allows men who claim female identity to use women’s spaces.
Women have always had to protect themselves from men’s prying eyes when they are in varying states of undress. The problem has worsened with the development of new digital technologies. Tiny cameras and cell phones both expand opportunities for voyeurism and preserve the images, which are often shared far and wide with other men.
There are many types of inexpensive, tiny surveillance cameras, some of which come with Wi-Fi, allowing the user to enjoy his perversion off-site. Such cameras have been found in changing rooms, restrooms, and even offices. The problem is so common that apps have been developed for Android and iPhones that can detect hidden cameras.
Men have also used cell phones to spy on women and girls in restrooms and changing rooms. Numerous stories can be found online of men caught holding their phones
under restroom and changing rooms stalls to video women and girls. Here’s one about a Houston man caught videoing a 13-year old girl in a McDonald’s restroom. The man had a history of such acts, even videoing female co-workers, and once having been fired for it.
An Idaho man claiming female identity, caught videoing a teenaged woman in a Target changing room, told police that he, “makes these videos for the same reason men go online to look at pornography.”
Sometimes men just want to harass women in restrooms, as in the case of the man caught on video following a woman into a Bed, Bath, and Beyond restroom. The woman reported that he then stood outside her stall moaning.
So the idea that men claiming female identity should be allowed in women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms defies common sense. Such policies create an unnecessary loophole for predatory men.
Target stores, which announced in 2016 a “gender inclusion policy” to allow men claiming female identity to use women’s restrooms and changing rooms, provide an interesting case study. An analysis of 220 media-reported incidents in Target stores from 2003 through August 2017 found a statistically significant increase in reported sexual offenses following introduction of the “gender inclusion policy.” Specifically, the study authors found “a 2.3x increase in the amount of upskirt incidents” and “a 2.9x increase in peeping tom incidents after the policy” was announced.
Sometimes restroom incidents turn violent. A google search “man attack girl restroom” turns up numerous stories. In one particularly violent event, a man claiming female identity battered and knocked the teeth out of a woman who challenged his presence in the restroom, resulting in $60,000 worth of medical bills.
Women deserve safety, privacy, and dignity. Men who claim female identity should not be allowed in women’s private spaces.