The Bathroom Wars Escalate in Alaska

Well, the worst predictions of transphobes finally came true in North Pole, Alaska.

A group of boys entered a women’s restroom at a high school, intent on doing mischief, The Washington Post reports. A young woman in the restroom kneed one of the boys in the crotch — resulting in her expulsion from the school. Now, she and her family are appealing the expulsion, which has attracted national headlines and condemnation from a state representative.

Evidence that TERFs were right all along and gender-inclusive restrooms are a threat to young women’s safety? Yeah, not exactly.

It was a group of cis boys entering a restroom that wasn’t theirs to use in protest of a trans boy who had taken a celebratory selfie in the men’s room. This highlights the fact that bathroom signs and policing genitals don’t actually prevent violence in restrooms. The young woman who fought back was certainly within her rights to take action to protect herself and others. She was apparently trying to exit the restroom when they blocked her, leaving her with few options.

The school has defended its decision-making processes, insisting that her decision to resort to violence changed the dynamic. Even though the boys were in the wrong, officials argue she should have resolved the situation via other means. How she was supposed to accomplish this when blocked from leaving by a group of boys is unclear.

Meanwhile, her own state representative enthusiastically endorsed her. “If you ever feel threatened for your safety, whatever force you think you have to give, I will stand behind you,” Rep. Tammie Wilson said in an unrelated press conference. “And so will our community. Not for those boys who were where they didn’t belong.”

While this incident wasn’t the smoking gun transphobes are looking for as proof that trans women pose an existential peril to the safety of cis women, it does highlight the dangers of anti-trans rhetoric.

The situation started when boys got angry about another boy using the restroom. On social media, they made comments, including: “If we identify as Women and use the girls bathroom we are set so let’s do it, don’t do it to be a asshole we are doing it to boycot [sic] this bull****.” These kinds of remarks drive the idea that trans people are pretending to be a different gender for fun — perpetuating the idea that trans people are using restrooms for some sort of nefarious purpose that requires an aggressive defense.

Lest you think this is a sign of narrow-minded small towns that need to adjust to modern days, think again. The district has had a number of trans students and was able to accommodate all of them just fine. Adults in the district are clearly trying to create an inclusive environment for trans students, reportedly working with them on accommodations that fit their needs.

Of course, the school could get around the bathroom drama with one simple move: Make all the restrooms all gender.

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60 comments

Christine V
Christine V3 days ago

Just let people use the bathroom they want, this is getting out of hand.

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Alice L
Alice L8 days ago

tyfs

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Hannah A
Hannah A14 days ago

Thanks for posting

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Veronica D
Veronica Danie15 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica D
Veronica Danie15 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica D
Veronica Danie15 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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danii p
danii p15 days ago

tyfs

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danii p
danii p15 days ago

tyfs

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danii p
danii p15 days ago

tyfs

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Joan E
Joan E23 days ago

I think the knee to the crotch was a sensible decision.

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