In which a slobbering demon is made out of women who need to pee.

There’s this idiot, a former Navy chaplain, letting words come out of his mouth regarding the supposed dangers of trans* women having the right to use women’s restrooms.

“He’s being abused by his parents,” Klingenschmitt asserted. “These abusive parents now have used this little boy to try and claim that he’s a girl to try and tell the world that they ought to let transgender adults into your little girl’s public bathrooms!”

“There is a demon of rape inside of this movement,” he added, “to violate your daughters”

Right. Use parents’ fear for their daughters’ safety to stoke violent bigotry against trans* women, because they don’t deal with enough violence already. So very original.

Klingenschmitt’s language of “demon of rape” is rather colorful and hyperbolic, but the idea is not that far off from the mainstream. There are plenty of people who want to make a problem out of trans* women using public restrooms marked for women.

(I’ll just take a moment to point out that a trans* woman’s options for using public restrooms are basically thus: Use the ladies’ room, get yelled at. Use the men’s room, get beaten up and possibly killed. Meanwhile, she needs to pee. There are no good options here.)

Just think about what it’s like to live a life in which you have to make a serious decision every time you use the toilet in a public venue.

It might surprise Mr. Klingenschmitt to learn that his position on transgender women is no ideologically different from the position of TERFs (Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminists, for the layperson). They, too, see trans* women as men who pretend to be women so they can violate women’s spaces. It hasn’t occurred to them that there are simpler, less persecuted ways for men to stalk and harass women.

I attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance service in DC last week. I should also note that it was held in a church, with mostly Christian religious leaders running the program and heavily Christian themes involved in the musical selections, in case anyone’s wondering. No one seemed to see any inherent contradiction of Christianity with a full-throated defense of transgender people’s rights to be true to themselves and live without violence. When the service was finished, I even used the bathroom. I got in line for the ladies’ room along with several other women, most of whom were trans*, and nothing bad happened. I complimented one woman on her sparkly, festive shirt. Not for a moment did I feel unsafe.