The sudden media fascination with bathroom bills has been fueled in large part by corporations speaking up. One such company is Target, which recently decided to make sure anybody at all could use the restroom of their choice.
Over at National Review, David French notes right off the bat that he typically doesn’t approve of boycotts. Rather than boycotting, French prefers to “rebut bad speech with better ideas.”
But then this video arrives, and suddenly the issue is safety, not ideology. The video shows an obvious male asking customer service if he will be allowed to use the women’s restroom. Not only does the management tell him that he will be fine to use that restroom, they also say that if any women complain, he can tell them to speak to the management, who will handle their objections.
French is, understandably, upset: “Obviously the odds of any given negative incident are quite low, but if I’m given the choice between a store that opens the women’s room to men and one that doesn’t, why would I choose the store that provides an opening for sexual predators? The kind of people who prey on women and girls can and will exploit every opportunity to do so, and to provide them with additional access to mothers and daughters is madness. Target is doing so for the sake of making a statement on behalf of the extraordinarily small slice of the population that (1) identifies as transgender; and (2) is too stubborn to use either a stall in the restroom for their sex or the increasing number of single-occupancy ‘family restrooms’ that proliferate in newer stores. A man who bypasses a single-occupancy restroom to use the women’s room isn’t simply trying to relieve himself, he’s making a statement.”
One thing to note: Target is within its legal rights to set these sorts of policies. The law in North Carolina wouldn’t remove that option from Target; it simply allows businesses