30/30 Challenge: Day 23

3030 Challenge - Day 23

I studied standing firm in faith whilst facing opposition already; but between Target and religious freedom laws…

There was a time when I was like, “Do you. Whatever you might be into doing.”

I didn’t care about other people’s lifestyles because hey, not my business. Not my problem. I was certainly in no position to be throwing stones- but come on!

It’s getting friggin’ ridiculous. I’m not even coming at this based on my Christianity. It’s common sense: people with penises use the bathrooms with urinals and people with vaginas use the bathrooms without urinals. Am I wrong? I mean it seems kind of obvious, right? Why is this even a thing!? *sigh*

I swear I’m living in a fantasy world. I’m really just waiting to see which disgruntled “group” or “community” comes forth next. For the lolz. After men using women’s restrooms is cool with major discount retailers, anything is possible.

Except Rae shopping at Target. That’s not gonna happen.

I was so tempted to do tonight’s study on The Emperor’s New Clothes.

But in the spirit of the #3030challenge, I had to keep it Biblical. Which is fine. I needed the spiritual refreshment anyways. Especially in regards to keeping my eye on the prize when the world around me is going crazy.

  • Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)
  • Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)
  • Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Most of my study was in 2 Timothy. Next to my boy Jonah, Paul is my favorite person. I love the irony of him attacking followers of Christ only to be one of the biggest champions for His cause. Paul’s passion and fervor are inspirational. And I feel energized after spending time reading his letters.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3)

People aren’t gonna like what Christians believe. The more desperately we cling to Jesus and sound doctrine, the more opposition we will inevitably face.

But I’m not giving up- not so long as I have Him who gives me strength.

*Rae

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19 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 23

  1. If a guy turns his dick inside-out I think he’s earned the right to piss in the ladies’ room. That there is commitment. And besides, no dick = no danger, right? And do we really need to fear women with frankendicks (I’m sorry, “trans men”) in the men’s room? If your standard is based on what people are packing in their pants, this should be acceptable. And once we’re there, and since genital-checkers aren’t a plausible form of enforcement, couldn’t we just let people who seem to fit the bathroom sign go? I’m pretty sure the Bible leaves the question of who to poop next to in public open-ended, so I commend you for not taking a religious angle from the get go, but I’m a little puzzled over why you think your beliefs on this matter are inherently Christian in the end. Or maybe the 30/30 thing is unrelated and I misunderstood. In any case, if the real concern is sexual assault occurring in bathrooms and we’re drawing conclusions based on what happens on record in the real world, it makes much more sense to worry about the presence of priests (who enjoy the protection of the largest and wealthiest religious organization ever) than trans folk.

    Sincerely,

    Not Your Cup Of Tea

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  2. Rae, you are right. To make it even more absurd, Target offers family bathrooms, which can be used by either gender. The world is spinning out of control. That’s why standing firm is so important. Keep standing, girl!

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  3. Tea,
    Ima humor you with a response since your blog makes me giggle…

    Cute, alls I said was if you stand to pee go into the one with urinals and if you squat, go into the one without urinals. I didn’t even reference people who have had surgeries. The possibility of sexual assault. Said nothing Biblical in relation to that. But adorable rant.

    Anyway the 30/30 challenge is me studying the Bible and blogging about my progress and change. After reading 2 Timothy and some of Christ’s own words, I came to the conclusion that sometimes I’m going to believe things that ruffle people’s feathers. And either I can sit back and avoid stepping on toes or I can say what I feel. Would I have had the gumption to speak so “boldly” on a hot button issue on the internet before I read what I’ve read? Uhm no lol that’s almost social media image suicide.

    But if these special “communities” can go on about their “disenfranchisement” then the very least, I can point out that I think it is silly. Someone has to say the Emperor isn’t wearing clothes.

    I’m sure you’ve heard that there are some transies who don’t necessarily cross-dress and some who claim to be the opposite gender without having surgery.

    If it has a man part is it really so archaic to say, “Just go to the mens room.” ? I mean if we’re going to be claiming to be arbitrary things then I’m a Holland Lop bunny rabbit. I’m just trapped in a human’s body. Lol

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  4. I don’t think a pre-op non-crossdresser would use a bathroom designated for the opposite sex. If you aren’t worried about sexual harassment or assault, what’s the problem that your “man part” rule is the solution to? It suggests that using a toilet next to someone whose genitalia may not be the same as yours is unacceptable. If that’s the case, then why? If you’re hung up on the labels on the door, would gender-neutral bathrooms satisfy you?

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  5. I’m not trying to go SJW on your ass (it pisses me off when people do that as you might have been able to tell from my other writings), just wondering what the source of your problem is.

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  6. I didn’t think that about your comments, you have good points. But my main prob is the slippery slope in which we stand. When you have a precedent for free-for-all bathrooms, what’s next? I mean this is just the beginning. When people go out whining about the world not suiting their wants, when does it stop? Like is there a line anymore. I want a private restroom all to my own at every store. Do I get it? Nope. I have to deal with holding it or using the facilities as they are. If so many of us deal, what makes transies so special? I really don’t see how the bathroom thing wasn’t fine the way it was. There are bigger issues than some gender-concerned self-centered people whining about nonsense. Advocating change for something that wasn’t broke to begin with.

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  7. I don’t know what would be next, but I still don’t understand why you’re concerned about “free-for-all” bathrooms. If bathrooms were gender neutral (which I’m not suggesting they should be), then everyone would “have to deal” equally and cisgender people would enjoy the same privilege as trans folk. Some small restaurants only have 1 bathroom already and no one makes a fuss about that.

    Imagine this scenario. A woman who looks exactly like a man enters a women’s bathroom. What should security do, check her cooch?

    So if people seem (that is, appear) to fit the bathroom they enter, if no one else is the wiser, what’s the problem.

    Men don’t decide to enter a woman’s bathroom on a whim, and those that do almost certainly aren’t trans. Are you afraid that non-trans men will begin to feel comfortable entering women’s bathrooms to spy and play the trans card if they’re caught?

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  8. “Some small restaurants only have 1 bathroom already and no one makes a fuss about that.”

    Exactly, that’s what I’m saying. Things were fine as they were. Some places had gender neutral bathrooms already. Why do we even need transgender bathroom laws at all? They’re so irrelevant. Such a colossal waste of time to worry about.

    I don’t think I’m alone in this, but there were times when my family and I were on road trips and when we did bathroom stops if a gas station had those one-toilet only restrooms if the ladies room was occupied and no one was in the men’s room, I’d use it. Granted it locked and was for one person at a time use. But you get the idea.

    What bugs me is all the fuss over trans-bathroom laws. Like of all the real problems in the world, this is what we’re going back and forth on? It’s annoying. I know there is blame on both ends.

    Instead of having silly legislation, when it comes to companies that do have the men/women stall type bathrooms. Would it kill a trannie to just go to the one that corresponds with their biological sex? Or hold it if they don’t feel comfortable, like I do if the stalls are gross.

    We all adjust depending on the type of establishment we’re at. Except transies, some of whom feel entitled to special treatment.

    Edit: Yeah, there is the possibility that non-trans gender people will abuse the system. Pervs who want a lookie-loo who could claim to be trans. There’s always people around to take advantage of things like that.

    And cooch patrol? Don’t be silly! We would have to have cooch patrol to control the cooch patrol to ensure no men claiming to be women try to sneak their way in the honorable cooch patrol. So your argument is flawed 😦

    But that’s just my outlook on it. The bathroom thing was fine the way it was. I never had problems. But now it’s getting ridiculous.

    People are what they are and when you strip the arbitrary labels they give themselves for whatever convoluted reason they feel justified in- the fact still remains a biological male is a biological male and will always be a biological male.

    And to add spice to the mix, if God wanted us to pick our gender we’d have that option at birth. Just because some people don’t like the way they were born don’t mean they have to go around making the world conform to their personal problems.

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  9. Here I am going on and on about what I think of the whole situation, and didn’t even bother asking your thoughts. How selfish! But what do you think about it all?

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  10. So… I’ll respond to a few of the things you mentioned above, then share my personal thoughts at the end.

    I’m not American and don’t live in the US, but I’ve never heard of transgender bathroom laws coming out of your country. What I have heard of are new laws requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate, which effectively only punishes (formerly) comfortably transitioned trans people. A private company’s bathroom policy is a separate issue.

    It’s worth thinking through scenarios, and I’m still curious about what you think of a woman who looks exactly like a man entering a woman’s bathroom, since we agree the coochie police can’t happen. Nor is someone going to take a blood test to determine their chromosomes.

    It’s obvious to me that a woman who looks like (and identifies as) a man would cause less of a stir if she just used the men’s room. While women do sometimes pop into the men’s room if their line is long without any problem (men are so accommodating), a trans woman (now I’m referring to a guy who looks like a girl) would still be better off using the women’s room. And the beauty of all this is (and this is I believe your current system being disrupted by transphobic laws), no one can really know when this is happening, since there are no coochie checkers, and therefor no fuss need be made. Introducing these laws only serves to humiliate known trans people.

    What I find interesting is your notion that a trans person’s desire to use their preferred bathroom constitutes special treatment, like they’re getting away with some perk. When a woman who looks like and identifies as a man uses the men’s room she’s making her life, as well as the lives of the fearful women in the women’s room, a whole lot easier.

    Since it can often be impossible to tell by looking at someone whether they are biologically male or female, the only thing that makes sense in order to best avoid conflict is to let people use the bathroom assigned to the sex they SEEM to be.

    Trans people are familiar with what they look like. They have mirrors. They know that it would be courteous to others to use what seems to be the appropriate bathroom, whether it corresponds with their biological make up or not. And that’s what they do. And I’ve never heard of a cisgender guy claiming to be trans as an excuse for being in the women’s room.

    With regard to your God thing at the end, some people are actually forced (by Judeo-Christian society) to have their sex assigned at birth. People can have an extra chromosome making them intersex, but even without the extra chromosome people can be born with genitalia somewhere in between male and female. God didn’t mention this in the Bible and favoured a binary view of sex, presumably to make his laws simpler to obey.

    If someone is born male, they will always be male, and continue to require hormone treatment to appear female. We agree on this, not that it matters. But I don’t accept that trans people are taking away the bathroom rights of cisgender people. If someone is so squeamish that they can’t tolerate being near a certain person in the bathroom, they should be the one told to hold it in for later.

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  11. That is tricky. A woman who looks exactly like a man. If I were in that situation, I’d probably wait until they were out before I went in. To be on the safe side. But if a man who looked exactly like woman entered the woman’s restroom, I wouldn’t know. And yeah, the in-between people who are born with both parts drew the short stick. But living with the parts God gave you isn’t the same as adding or subtracting those parts. So I think they’d be the exception in all this.

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  12. For the in-between people, wouldn’t they have been dealt the short stick (by God)? And gender assignment does involve adding and/or removing parts.

    What I think I’m hearing now is you’re fine with trans women using the women’s room as long as you don’t know they’re trans, but you still don’t like the idea of gender reassignment because that’s a slap in the face to God.

    Is that it?

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  13. Nope lol what you’re hearing is I can be deceived. I’m not so discerning that in this age I cannot be fooled by a male who is convincingly dressed as a woman. I don’t think having strange penises in the same room I’m in with my pants down is okay. Nor would I want my offspring exposed to that type of situation.

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  14. There it is! A negative emotional reaction to the thought of genitals different from yours in the next stall. Glad we could get to the bottom of it. But just to be clear though, in the case of trans women (that’s men turned to women) in the ladies’ room, they’d most likely either have regular penises or no penis at all. Not sure if that makes a difference but I’m guessing not.

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