To justify its plans to force boys into girls locker rooms, shower rooms, and restrooms, the Obama Administration has blatantly misinterpreted Title IX, a federal law that bars sex discrimination in schools that receive federal money. But the Administration is wrong. Since its passage more than 40 years ago, the term “sex” in Title IX has always been understood to refer to the two biological sexes, and never gender identity.
Title IX also states explicitly that schools are allowed to maintain sex-specific locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, and restrooms — placing the Education Department’s new directive in direct violation of the very law it claims to be based on.
It’s hard to imagine a more shameless violation of the privacy rights of our students. But what actually makes the directive dangerous is the traumatic impact it will have on vulnerable young women and little girls.
This is especially obvious when you consider:
- The presence of a biological male in a place that is supposed to be private and safe can trigger serious emotional and psychological pain for many women and girls who have been sexually abused. To allow it is simply outrageous!
- While most people dealing with sexual identity confusion are not a threat, those with ill intent can and will use directives like this one to gain access to changing areas, showers, and restrooms.
Already this year, there are reports from Seattle, Virginia, and Los Angeles of men posing as women to gain access to women’s locker rooms, shower rooms, and restrooms. We can only expect that incidents like these will increase.
But you can stand against these mandates — and protect the right to privacy that we are all guaranteed. It starts at the schoolhouse door.