Article courtesy of The Resurgent, written by Erick Erickson.
I just had to roll my eyes at this column by a “civilities” columnist in the Washington Post.
Back in 2005, the columnist went to a fancy restaurant with a bathroom attendant who was kind enough to open the door to the men’s restroom for the guy. The columnist, instead of thanking the employee doing his job, proceeded to lecture the employee about gender identity back in 2005.
The year: 2005. The city: New York. The place: a nice restaurant — the kind with bathroom attendants who hand you a towel after you finish your business. I was having dinner with some LGBT colleagues when I excused myself and headed to the facilities — one labeled for men, the other for women, facing each other across a small hallway. Between them stood an employee, who looked me up and down and opened the men’s room door for me.
How polite? Hardly. Instead of thanking him, I explained how presumptuous he had been in deciding my bathroom preference for me. I tried in vain to explain how “gender identity” (the way individuals perceive themselves) is different from “biological sex” (generally indicated by a person’s genitalia, or sex assigned at birth).
First, I’m not sure I believe the story. It was 2005 and if this guy was that big into gender identity in 2005, he has serious issues because it wasn’t really a percolating issue.