A reader asked that if I, like her, disagreed with it, would I be willing to reply to Adam Hoogenakker’s editorial “It’s not about equal rights.” I do disagree, and am flattered to be considered a viable proponent for this view, which, according to one of our polls, is shared by many Age readers. I am also grateful to Mr. Hoogenakker for his gracious spirit of free speech and debate, as opposed to many who would have just called the reader and me transphobic.
In the conflict over allowing those who consider themselves a different sex from biological fact into whatever restroom they choose – with Target’s pro-transgender policy being the latest scuffle – the danger of sexual predators is a prime issue. About this, Mr. Hoogenakker says “I’ve never worried about [his children] being molested or violated” in a Target store restroom.Read the rest here.
I would guess, though I could be wrong – and I deeply apologize if I am – that no one close to him was sexually assaulted as a child. This, of course, is a good thing and I hope it will always be that way, because such abuse should never happen. However, the outlook of one who was abused or knows those who were, might be different.