There has been much controversy lately about the recent North Carolina law banning transgender people from using the bathroom for the gender with which they identify. Additionally, superstore Target has added to the turmoil by allowing the opposite — you are free to use the bathroom of the gender you believe you are.
Critics of Target have pointed out that this “accommodation” will make it easier for sexual predators to victimize women and children. Supporters of the new rule say there is no ground for such alarm. But, unfortunately, detractors of Target have some evidence to back it up. One such occurrence took place at the University of Toronto.
The Canadian college had been experimenting with unisex bathrooms but decided to change its policy after two separate incidents of voyeurism. On Sept. 15 and 19 of last year, two male students were caught holding cellphones over female shower stalls and recording women as they bathed.
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Melinda Scott, the university’s dean of students, responded to the events immediately: “Given the serious nature of these incidents and the impact on directly affected students, we made the decision to specifically designate some washrooms in Whitney Hall for those who identify as men and those who identify as women.”
The Daily Wire, a conservative news outlet, reached out to the university for more information. School officials maintained that this was a “temporary measure” and they intended to provide a safe space for the women impacted. However, they specifically noted that no changes would be made to their gender-neutral bathrooms.
“More than 50% of the washrooms in the residence remain gender-neutral,” the university said.
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