By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD
Federal and state governments have opened a new Pandora’s Box of dangers to the public, especially for women and girls, with the new push for “gender neutral” public bathrooms and locker rooms, allowing people to choose such facilities based on self-perceived gender, rather than biological sex.
The consequences of such absurd ideas are predictable. This video of sexual predators graphically illustrates examples of the dangers to vulnerable women. Just recently, a Seattle man began undressing at a public swimming pool women’s locker room when a group of young girls were changing for a swim team practice. He was not arrested, as a result of Washington’s new law allowing “transgender” men to use women’s restrooms. I use quotes around the term transgender because this man had no outward identifying statements or attire to suggest he thought of himself as a woman.
Bathroom equality or “gender neutral” locker rooms are just the latest absurdity in the move by “progressives” to “progress” the United States right out of common sense and public safety. It continues the liberal expansion of “rights” for a minority few against safety and privacy rights of the majority.
To put the tyranny of the minority in perspective: there are approximately 700,000 transgender people in the U.S., representing about 0.3% of the entire population. That means the safety, privacy, and common decency concerns for 99.7% of the American population are sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and “feel good” policies for a tiny fraction of the public.
Indecent exposure (males exposing genitals to women in public is the most common occurrence), sexual battery, assault, molestation, sex with minors, and rape are all crimes in almost all jurisdictions. Telling men they may use women’s facilities if they claim they “feel” like a woman is an invitation to commit these sexual crimes. How do the “feelings” of a gender dysphoric man take priority over the safety of your wife, daughter, mother, sister, or friend?
AAPS released a statement about the importance of separate facilities for men and women to protect public safety. “Attempts by activist groups to force businesses or government facilities to harm, threaten demean, or offend women and girls who do not want to share facilities with biological males are to be resisted and condemned as immoral, irrational, oppressive, and contrary to public order, human rights, public health, and our founding principles.”
Let’s look at real life issues. I am a practicing physician with specialty training from the Johns Hopkins Sexual Medicine Consultation team. I have treated people seeking help for many sex and gender issues: gay/lesbian, pedophilia, transvestism, gender dysphoria, voyeurism, and serial rapists. At the time transgender patients have undergone surgery to complete their “transition,” it is then appropriate to use the facilities appropriate for the appearance of their body. Until then, common sense and public safety should require those with male genitalia (regardless of self-perception) to use men’s bathrooms, and those with female genitalia to use women’s bathrooms.
Several striking common denominators emerged from many years of treating patients in this area of medicine:
- The unpredictability, and at times uncontrollability, of sexual drives to engage in behaviors, potentially harmful physically and/or psychologically to others;
- The complete lack of empathy for the victim shown by sexual predators, whether “mild” predation of voyeurism or the obviously serious and criminal acts of rape and assault; and
- The fact that women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of such behavior.
Separating men and women when undressed helps provide physical and psychological safety, particularly for women and girls. Why risk triggering a powerful impulse to commit a crime that could ruin lives—of both victim and perpetrator?
As James Arlandson wrote in the American Thinker on Apr 12: “Mankind is stronger than womankind…. And breaking down the safe space for a woman at her most vulnerable—while she is changing and dressing and showering outside the home—is insane. Her zone of safety, her right to privacy, needs to be protected at all costs.”
America really does seem to be entering the Twilight Zone of Absurdity with assaults on morals, decency, and safety coming from all directions. The election of 2016 is becoming about far more than “politics” as usual: it is about restoring common sense in the public arena, enforcing laws that are designed to maintain civil order and civility for ALL, not to appease agitators claiming to speak for the minority group du jour.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.is a preventive and climacteric medicine specialist with medical practices in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX that take an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems. Dr. Vliet is also President of International Health Strategies, Ltd., a global healthcare and education service company whose mission is twofold: liberty and privacy in treatment options and preservation of the Oath of Hippocrates focus on the individual patient.
Dr. Vliet is the 2007 recipient of the Voice of Women award from the Arizona Foundation for Women for her pioneering advocacy for the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health. Dr. Vliet received her M.D. degree and internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, then completed specialty training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Vliet is a Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.Dr. Vliet has appeared on FOX NEWS, Cavuto, Stuart Varney Show, Fox and Friends and syndicated radio shows across the country addressing the economic and medical impact of the new healthcare bill.
Dr. Vliet’s books include: It’s My Ovaries, Stupid!; Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect– And Doctors STILL Ignore; Women, Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Testosterone.