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The American Family Association says that it’s proving the Target rules are bad by sending men into women’s bathrooms.

And nothing bad has happened.

American Family Association, you’re doing it wrong.

“We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier,” said an American Family Association leader.

And there’s no barrier to men using women’s bathrooms even without the Target regulations. Men can use women’s bathrooms anytime, and nothing bad will happen to the men. I’ve done it myself! And recently! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

The liberal redneck got some thoughts on this transgender bathroom mess

Funny accent, good points.

Unlike the liberal redneck here, I don’t ridicule cisgender people who are uncomfortable with transgender people using the restroom of their choosing. Gender identity is confusing if you haven’t given it much thought. And most people don’t give it much thought because they don’t need to.

Save your scorn for the political leaders who feed fears about imaginary transgender sexual predators.

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I have read this entire article and I still don’t get why social conservatives are wigging about the imaginary threat of transgender women using girls’ bathrooms.

Isn’t there enough stuff to worry about in the world without making stuff up? Perhaps if these people are running out of things to worry about they can borrow a couple of mine?

Statistically, little kids are far safer in the presence of transgender women than they are in the presence of cisgender men. And kids are certainly safer around transgender people than they are around Republican elected officials.

Adding an extra layer of weirdness to this, for me personally, is that on the very day the North Carolina law passed, I used a women’s restroom. Yes! It’s true! It wasn’t because I’m a sexual predator; it’s because I was at a tech conference, I’d had a LOT of coffee that morning and (this being a tech conference) the line for the men’s room was ridiculously long but there wasn’t any line at all for the women’s.

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Many men find public restrooms terrifying. Who knew?

“For many men, taking a piss at the office is apparently a 'nightmarish' experience,” writes J. Bryan Lowder at Slate. “[P]aranoia about seeing and being seen, elaborate attempts to construct sonic shields, and most of all, a deep sense that the perils of humiliation and social opprobrium waiting on the other side of the restroom door may very well outweigh the relief of relieving oneself.”

I do not share this phobia, and am surprised by the implication that it's common.

I do, however, share the common American custom of always selecting the urinal furthest from other men. That requires a quick bit of calculus in a busy public restroom. I don't remember ever being taught this. It's something you just absorb.

If this phobia is, indeed, common, it would explain one of the objections to Google Glass, that men would use it to secretly take pictures of other men's Carlos Dangers in public restrooms. You hear this a lot, and it baffles me. I don't think it's going to happen except extremely rarely – statistically equivalent to never. And if it does, well, I don't actually care. My Johnson is not some magical sprite that melts away when exposed to a photographic lens.