More Batshittery that Brennan approves of
The concept of Gender Identity is accepted by mental health professionals everywhere as a fact, not a theory.
You stating that criticizing women for disagreeing that gender identity exists is abusive is the exact same as criticizing racists for disagreeing that black people are human beings is abusive.
You’re a lawyer, stay in the courtroom and out of the doctor’s office.
And using ad hominems are a sign of a lack of logical thinking.
Your arguments is based on the Appeal to Fear fallacy. http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-fear.html
You are creating the false fear that trans rights being respected will take away lesbian rights and that supporting trans rights is attacking lesbian rights. You also claim that transsexual women are mentally ill rapists and that transsexual men are self hating.
You continuously ignore the pronouns of trans people everywhere as a form of derision. You claim that you are an ally, while in reality you attack and fight trans rights and show a appalling lack of empathy for transsexuals whose lives are claimed by violence and bigotry.
The burden of proof is on you. None of your claims have been proven true and some have been proven to be outright lies. You made the claim, it is your burden to prove it.
You claim that trans rights put lesbians in danger. Prove it or remain silent.
No one needs your misinformation.
I want to be a heroine for multiple reasons.
1. Nobody puts on a highly visible costume and doesn’t want attention. Attention seeking is not inherently bad. Some people want to draw attention to the issues and some also want to be praised.
Not bad if you keep it under control.
2. To become something greater. Not to say we aren’t great as who we are. But there is that image in our minds of the “perfect me”. The Upsides of ourselves maximized and the downsides removed.
Again, gotta keep it under control and prevent self hate.
3. Self expression. We live in a society that shuns the unique and our creativity often suffers because of it. Wearing a costume allows us to express ourselves fully. I wear my goggles because I want to let that part of me shine.
4. Justice. We want justice and we think the people in charge have failed us. We want innocent people to cease being victimized without fail. We want corruption to end. We want people to live and be happy. We want to make sure crime doesn’t claim another innocent.
There’s multiple reasons for this. But in general, I find these reasons to drive the best of us.
Myths About Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 21 May 2011)
The following are some common misconceptions about autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Myth: People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Have No Sense of Humour
Fact: Reports from parents and others indicate that plenty of those with autistic spectrum disorders do in fact have a sense of humour (Lyons & Fitzgerald, 2004). Taking a tour through various Asperger’s forums provides further evidence that people with ASDs are perfectly capable of appreciating humour and cracking jokes, though the sense of humour may be quirky and offbeat in many cases.
Myth: Those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Never Talk
Fact: Many people with high-functioning ASDs are very communicative. In particular, lots of people with Asperger’s syndrome are highly verbal and some are even linguistically gifted, though aspects of speech (tone of voice, use of metaphor, accompanying body language) may be unusual.
Myth: People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Are Dangerous
Fact: Studies have shown that those on the autistic spectrum are no more statistically likely to commit various crimes than non-autistics (Barnhill, 2007; Griffith, 10 May 2006), and “Experts have found no link between Asperger’s syndrome and violent crime” in particular (Booth, 28 October 2008). In addition, a review of studies undertaken by Ghaziuddin et al. (1991) “did not support the speculation that violence is common in Asperger syndrome.” Furthermore, Langstrom et al. (2009) found that when those with ASDs have commited violent offenses, substance abuse and/or psychosis were often factors. In other words, drugs or mental illness likely tipped them over the edge, rather than anger management issues associated with ASDs.
Although there have been a few sensationalized cases of violent crimes committed by people with autistic spectrum disorders, the same can be said of neurotypicals (non-autistic people). Unfortunately, there will be a handful of extremely violent people in almost any group, and in this regard, those with ASDs are no different than the rest of the population.
People with autistic spectrum disorders may have violent outbursts due to anxiety caused by sensory overload or difficulties with emotional regulation. Such outbursts are often directed at objects (smashing things, throwing things, etc.). Those with ASDs may also lash out at people who have bullied them in the past (pre-emptive or self-defense strikes) or in response to teasing, but are as unlikely as neurotypicals to attack a random person out of sheer malice (Attwood, 2007).
Although not inclined to be cruel or homicidal, some children with Asperger’s syndrome do have trouble restraining relatively mild aggressive impulses and may shove a sibling or slap a parent when frustrated, but many neurotypical children have these anger management problems, and lots children with autistic spectrum disorders are very gentle. It’s quite possible that other aspects of personality (i.e., an aggressive nature) are exacerbated with ASDs due to sensory overload, anxiety, social problems, or other issues. In such cases, the ASD itself is not the trigger for aggressiveness, but it may worsen an already aggressive personality.
Myth: Those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Never Make Eye Contact
Fact: Although they usually find it uncomfortable, particularly with those they don’t know well, most people on the autistic spectrum can force themselves to make eye contact.
Myth: All Those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Can’t Work
Fact: According to a longitudinal U.S. study that was completed in 2009, by the age of 23-26, 66% of those with autistic spectrum disorders had worked for pay at some point after leaving high school (AutismNOW.com, 2011).
In some cases, special interests or skills associated with ASDs can lead to lucrative careers, though in others, individuals on the autistic spectrum suffer challenges that bring a premature end to their employment, or they take jobs below their skill levels to reduce social demands or the risk of sensory overload (Barnhill, 2007).
Ideal jobs for people with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome are those that:
- Allow for some control over the environment and workflow
- Don’t subject the individual to excessive stimuli (bright lights, loud noises, jostling crowds)
- Don’t require frequent or rapid activity transitions
- Don’t entail compulsory socializing
- Are overseen by understanding managers
- Allow the individual to work alone or with compatible coworkers (others who share interests, who don’t require constant chit-chat, who aren’t judgemental or chronically irritable, etc.)
Myth: No One with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Can Live Independently
Fact: Many of those with relatively mild autistic spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome do live independently. Some require help sorting out things such as personal finances or dealing with government agencies, but meeting the diagnostic criteria for a high-functioning autistic spectrum disorder doesn’t automatically mean that the individual will always live at home or in a care facility (National Institute of Mental Health, 8 December 2010).
Myth: Those on the Autistic Spectrum Can’t Show Love and Affection or Have Relationships
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, many of those on the autistic spectrum, particularly at the high-functioning end of the continuum, are capable of showing affection and bonding with others. They may not go in for big, mushy emotional scenes or grandiose public displays of affection, but many are capable of loving others and being physically affectionate as well, once they have become comfortable with another person.
The majority of those with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism want a social life (ideally based around shared interests) and seek to make connections with like-minded people. However, they may have difficulty breaking the ice initially to establish friendships and romantic relationships.
Those on the autistic spectrum (particularly people with Asperger’s syndrome) often have friends, and although they are statistically less likely to marry than neurotypicals (Barnhill, 2007), plenty of people with Asperger’s syndrome maintain positive relationships, get married, and even raise children (Leigh, 23 July 2007).
Myth: Those with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome Are Not Creative or Imaginative
Fact: Many people on the autistic spectrum have vivid imaginations and are highly creative. A number of experts believe that autistic spectrum disorders can be a wellspring of creativity. For example, Hans Asperger viewed autistic intelligence as “a sort of intelligence hardly touched by tradition and culture – ‘unconventional, unorthodox, strangely pure and original, akin to the intelligence of true creativity’” (cited in Fitzgerald, 2004).
According to Brasic (27 April 2011), “Published case reports of individuals with Asperger syndrome suggest an association with the capacity to accomplish cutting-edge research in computer science, mathematics, and physics, as well as outstanding creative work in art, film, and music.” There certainly are plenty of highly creative, successful people who have been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders, such as Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri.
Myth: Autism Is Caused by Bad Parenting
Fact: In the 1940s, a well-known psychiatrist named Leo Kanner asserted that many children with autism had mothers who lacked warmth. Bruno Bettelheim and other psychoanalysts seized on this, developing and popularizing the theory that autism was caused by bad parenting – specifically, “refrigerator” mothers who denied their babies opportunities to bond. This theory has since been widely discredited, though some people still cling to it (Morris, 2008).
The reality is that many loving, competent parents have children with autistic spectrum disorders. Also, if a certain parenting style caused autism, all siblings in a family should be on the spectrum, yet many children with ASDs have neurotypical siblings.
Also worth noting is that researchers probably overlooked the obvious: Given that ASDs have a genetic component, some mothers of children with autistic spectrum disorders may have had very mild versions themselves, and thus appeared cold because they weren’t as emotional or physically demonstrative as other mothers. However, this doesn’t mean that they didn’t love their children or bond with them. It’s also possible that some of the mothers had become depressed because their children were autistic, and the emotional withdrawal associated with this depression made them appear cold and uncaring.
Myth: Vaccinations Cause Autism
Fact: Numerous large, rigorous studies undertaken in many different countries have found either no link between autism and vaccination, or reduced rates of autism and neurological problems among vaccinated children (Begley & Interlandi, 2009; Hall, 2009; Miller & Reynolds, 2009; Norton, 4 January 2004). For more information on this, see Do Vaccines Cause Autism?
Myth: Those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Are All Alike (The “Rain Man” Assumption)
Fact: Although there are certain common tendencies, not everyone with an ASD will manifest all of them, and each individual has a unique constellation of personality traits, life experiences, and ways of interacting with the world, just like neurotypicals.
Myth: People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Are Mentally Retarded
Fact: Many people with autistic spectrum disorders have above-average intelligence. Furthermore, experts are now questioning the diagnosis of mental retardation given to more severely impaired people with autism, as communication deficits probably led to the faulty assumption that they lacked intelligence (Wolman, 2008).
Myth: Every Person on the Autistic Continuum Is a Genius or Savant
Fact: Just 10% of those on the autistic continuum show signs of actual genius or have savant skills (compared to 1% of the general population). In other words, those with autistic spectrum disorders are 10 times as likely as neurotypicals to be geniuses, but the majority don’t have savant skills (Society for Neuroscience, 3 November 2004; Watt, 28 May 2010).
Myth: Almost Everyone on the Autistic Spectrum Is Male
Fact: Although the diagnosis rate is certainly much higher among males, there are many females with autistic spectrum disorders. Furthermore, a number of experts believe that girls are underdiagnosed because they are often better able to hide their differences. For more on this, see Girls with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Myth: All Those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Are Clumsy and Dislike Sports
Fact: Not everyone with an ASD suffers from motor clumsiness (estimates range from as high as 90% to as low as 50%, according to Fitzgerald and Corvin, 2001), and those who do do can often reduce or even eliminate the problem through physical therapy or simply participating in physical activities of their choice.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that people with autistic spectrum disorders tend to prefer solitary sports and fitness activities (running, weight training, swimming, etc.), and a number of them have become accomplished athletes, or at least achieved very high fitness levels. For more on this, see Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Sports.
Myth: People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Lack Empathy
Fact: Mounting evidence indicates that those with autistic spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome actually suffer from an excess of emotional empathy (picking up feelings from others) rather than a lack of empathy, though they often have difficulty predicting how others will respond to their emotions (Smith, 2009). For more on autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and the capacity for empathy, seeAutistic Spectrum Disorders and Empathy.
For more articles on autistic spectrum disorders, visit the Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome Page.
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Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Empathy
Do Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome Preclude Empathy?
By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 21 May 2011)
In the past it was assumed that those with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) couldn’t experience empathy because they lacked a theory of mind; in other words, they couldn’t understand what others thought of felt, so there was nothing to trigger empathy.
Those with ASDs may be lacking in cognitive empathy (predicting how people will behave in response to their emotions, and understanding why they react in the ways they do). However, there is plenty of evidence that they actually suffer from a surplus of emotional empathy (feeling the emotions of others) rather than a deficit.
Evidence That People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Experience Empathy
According to Smith (2009), findings from numerous studies have shown that not only do those with autistic spectrum disorders experience empathy, but they actually experience it to a greater degree than neurotypical (non-autistic) people:
- High-functioning autistic children display more emotion than typical children in response to empathy-inducing scenes.
- The faces of autistic adults demonstrate heightened electromyographic responsiveness to expressions of fear and happiness on the faces of other people.
- When looking at images of people suffering distress, autistic children have normal electrodermal responses.
- Adults with Asperger’s syndrome suffer personal distress in response to the suffering of others.
- Those who work with, live with, and care for individuals on the autistic spectrum report that they are exceptionally sensitive to other people’s emotions.
Evidence suggests that the amygdala (a brain structure critical to emotional response) may be over-responsive in those with ASDs (Dalton et al., 2005). Many people who work with autistic individuals or have family members with ASDs have noted that they tend to be extremely intuitive regarding the emotional states of others, even when others try to mask their emotions (Smith, 2009).
Numerous studies indicate that rather than lacking empathy, those with ASD are overwhelmed by it. For example, adults with Asperger’s syndrome scored similarly to neurotypical control subjects on an empathy questionnaire; the only difference was that those with Asperger syndrome actually scored much higher on measures of personal distress (Rogers et al., 2007).
Why Many Believe That People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Lack Empathy
The erroneous belief that people on the autistic spectrum lack empathy arose from traditional autism theories positing that those with autism lack a theory of mind, or that autism is an extreme form of the less empathic “male brain.” The lack-of-empathy assumption was propped up by those with ASD achieving relatively low scores on certain empathy tests, avoiding social interaction, and making blunt statements that hurt the feelings of other people.
However, rather than having an empathy deficit, those with ASDs may learn to suppress or avoid their empathic responses as a means of self-protection (Caldwell, 2006). This may lead to theirtests of empathy in certain studies and even coming to believe that they lack emotional empathy (Smith, 2009).
As for insensitive statements or actions, these often stem from an inability to predict the impact such statements or actions will have on others, rather than cold-hearted indifference and a desire to be cruel. People on the autistic spectrum may inadvertently hurt the feelings of others because they lack the social understanding to anticipate how the other person may feel about what is said to them. People with ASD are often sorry to discover that they have inadvertently hurt someone’s feelings (Smith, 2009), which indicates that no harm was intended.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Social Avoidance
The world of those with ASDs is one of heightened senses and emotions where everything is intensified, both joy and suffering. People on the autistic spectrum have difficulty identifying and regulating their emotions, so they often avoid distressed individuals to prevent this emotional over-arousal. In other words, the empathy response is so strong that the individual with ASD may be too traumatized or confused to offer comfort or support in an emotional crisis.
Makram et al. (2007) have suggested that those with ASDs socially withdraw, behave inappropriately, or obsessively attend to details in emotionally charged situations to protect themselves against extreme emotional arousal. Avoiding eye contact or looking at faces altogether is one of the strategies those with ASD use to minimize their empathic response (Smith, 2009). Overwhelmed with emotion, the person with ASD may simply walk away from someone who is upset as a form of self-defense, and thus appear to be cold and uncaring. However, some people with ASDs, particularly if they’re at the high-functioning end of the continuum, are able to manage their feelings of emotional overload sufficiently so that they can provide comfort or support to a friend or family member in need.
Numerous anecdotal reports from those on the spectrum suggest that people with ASD have difficulty separating their feelings from those of others. They pick up and reflect the emotions of others like sponges, so if those around them are expressing (or attempting to suppress) negative emotions, the person with ASD will be more likely to express negativity. Therefore, it’s extremely important that those who live and work with people on the autistic spectrum cultivate positive emotional states whenever possible.
For more articles on autistic spectrum disorders, visit the Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome Page.
Ok I am writing a blog post in response to criticism of one of my Facebook posts involving the New Black Panther Party and The Klu Klux Klan. I was accused of making a false equivalency and rightly so. So I will clarify.
It is true that the Klu Klux Klan is vastly superior to the nbpp in regards to support, funding and clout. But that isn’t the point I was trying to reach. The point is that all hate groups start of as small and insignificant.
The KKK started off as a six man social club, composed of former confederate officers that galloped through the town of Pulaski, Tennessee. They wore disguises during these antics and then got the idea to wear them to strike terror in the hearts of all they considered their enemies. From there, business was booming. http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/kkk/history.asp?LEARN_Cat=Extremism&LEARN_SubCat=Extremism_in_America&xpicked=4&item=kkk
There’s a lesson to be learned here. All large things have small beginnings.
The Nazi started off as just a opposition political party and Adolf Hitler was a failed artist. Saddam Hussein started off as a rebel to a oppressive regime. And so on and so on. Point is that all these nightmares had humble beginnings.
Every one of these wildfires originated from a singular spark, a spark that was ignored until it grew and consumed all in it’s path. Often these sparks are ignored because of various reasons. Like a wildfire in progress, the spark being a source of light and warmth for those in need or the impending fire burning someone’s enemies.
In any case, these fires are ignored and sometimes fed. My intended point is that while the New Black Panther party is not nearly as much of a threat as the Klu Klux Klan, they can end up being so. And one hate group shouldn’t be considered not worth challenging because they oppose a larger hate group. Hatred is hatred and all should be destroyed.
One disturbing trend I see from a lot of minority groups is that a lot of people involved will simply look the other way when a member of a traditionally opposing group is wronged. When called out on it, they usually say something in the same effect as “My actions are excusable because they are part of a larger and more powerful group”
In the case of some black activists, they have taken it upon themselves to redefine the meaning of racism to excuse their own racism and claim that racism isn’t bigotry against someone of another race, but a system of oppression lodged against minority groups. That’s not racism, that’s racial supremacy. Those are two different things.
The only way to stop bigotry from propagating itself in each generation is to put out the spark of hatred in our hearts. no matter how justified we feel in housing such destructive flames within ourselves.
You know. Watching Batman has taught me one lesson. Do not do as Batman does. Nothing he has done has remotely made Gotham a better place.
Bruce could have used all his money he used to brutalize hoods to start social justice programs that focused on better education and more employment opportunities so that people wouldn’t have to turn to crime to survive in the first place.
I feel that as a Hero/Heroine one shouldn’t focus on punishment. We should all work on improving our neighborhoods and making them safer by reducing the very elements that breed crime. We should work on finding the homeless jobs and training so they can get off of the streets. We should be teaching kids acceptance as kids so they won’t bigots as adults.
We need to fight, yes. But the true fight we need to fight is not a physical one. We need to fight injustice and despair. We need to fight the fact of life that people starve everyday while 50 percent of America’s food that is harvest never gets eaten.
We need to fight the fact that racial profiling is a fact of life and that it contributes to a staggering amount of false arrests involving minorities. African Americans are 12 percent of the population and occupy 50% of America’s prison cells
Or that studies suggest that on average, 1 third of African American males are under constant supervision of the police.
We must fight the fact that horrific crimes against humanity are conducted daily by the corrupt leadership of this Nation, and the world.
These crimes and many more cannot be defeated by violence and punishment. We must prevent these incubators of crime from hatching the next generation of criminals.
This policy of justice is my own and should be the policy the world uses to defeat crime. Prevent crime, not punish it.
This is my goal as The Alpha Technocrat.
I came to a recent revelation that I see the world and myself differently from everyone else. I saw myself as kind, intelligent and caring, but I come off as cold, aloof and apathetic. I come off as a robot. I’ve heard this criticism before and didn’t fully understand it, so I did what I was taught to do by my therapist.
I studied human behavior and mimicked the traits that people found ideal. It initially was successful, but disaster awaited whenever I dropped the mask of the social adept. People tend to not like what’s behind the mask. They find a emotional void where a human soul should be. They look for the warm heart of another human being and instead they find the engine of a machine. I unnerve them with my personality, or lack of one perhaps.
The most painful thing is that I feel emotions, I feel pain, I just can’t describe it, I can’t put a face to what I feel. It’s alien to me, my own emotions are alien to me. And as a result other people’s emotions are alien to me and I am alien to them. I desire closeness with humans, but this issue makes it impossible. I can be as fond of someone or have deep and positive emotions for them, they will never see it because of my inability to share how I feel. Even this hurt I feel right now is indescribable for me. I know it is depression because I was told that these symptoms meant I had depression.
I understand everything through a logical format. I’ve had many people describe romance and attraction to me, and every single time, I couldn’t understand it and I still don’t understand. I often ask people’s opinions on situations I’ve been in because I want to know of my emotional reaction is the correct one or not.
I wore a mask to prevent rejection and to prevent personal suffering. When I am playing the role of the social adept, people like me and want to be around me. They see me as interesting and are drawn to me. When I take the mask off, my weakness is bared to the world and people are repelled by my true form.
Close relationships of any sort will be next to impossible if people feel that beneath my flesh and bone, is the heart of a cold and unfeeling machine or a void lacking of empathy.
But if I wear the mask, no one will like me. They will like the Mask I wore. Wearing the mask becomes tiring. Those connections I formed with the mask become lies.
I am thinking of giving up on forming emotional connections. Because there may be a chance I am incapable of doing so. I will get used to standing alone.
Now I’m not one for hard number crunching and such all the time, so this will be a “common sense post”.
Ok. One of the biggest memes out there is that unisex bathrooms are bad because men are rape machines. In the U.S, there is this common belief that unisex bathrooms will result in rape because men are rapists by nature. The problem with this is that the entire concept is based off of the generalization that men are either mostly or all rapists, which is false. This concept, which is already flawed from the beginning is further distorted with ignorance powered by fear and irrational belief moves on to pollute other arguments with bigotry and biased fueled by paranoia and fear.
This trickles down to the mistreatment of trans women, who bigots see as men. Causing them to be discriminated against due to a irrational fear of something with no basis in reality.
- To be blunt, 74% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by assailants well known to the victim. So the stranger in the bathroom shit is statistically not likely to happen. The FBI says that 80% of victims know the assailant.
- Nearly 6 out of 10 sexual assaults occur at the victim’s home or the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor (9). Not in bathrooms mind you.
So yeah, the claim that unisex bathrooms will make rape happen more is bullshit. You are far more likely to be victimized by someone you trust than a stranger, so cut the sensationalist bullshit. This paranoia puts women at risk and the misinformation harms countless others.
Sources are from these webpages.