An editorial published in The Charlotte Observer urged citizens to get over their concerns about the mandating of mixing of sexes in bathrooms, showers, and locker-rooms in public schools and institutions. States opposed to President Barack Obama‘s directive that public schools must allow “transgender” students to use restrooms of their choice may lose federal funding and face lawsuits.

The newspaper goes so far as to acknowledge that the Obama administration is using the threat of lawsuits in order to force the issue. “That threat is sure to bring more heat to the bathroom debate, but eventually the decree should have the opposite effect,” they argue. “It will bring acceptance, as these measures do, by showing that the answer to what happens in bathrooms is a lot less fearsome than the question.”

The Charlotte Observer also acknowledged that Obama’s mandate will mean “women and girls sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with someone who has different genitalia.” It also offered that the sight of the genitalia of the opposite sex among children and teens would be “uncomfortable even for some who are sympathetic to the transgender cause.”

However, the cause of equality means setting aside age-old norms of morality and decency, said the paper. “Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some,” it concludes. “But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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