I’m against all forms of bigotry, which is simply judging all members of one group as if they all have the same moral failings instead of judging human beings strictly as individuals. I do not assume all Muslims are terrorists, that all women deserve to be sex slaves to their husbands, or that all French people are alcoholics.
Recently, various states in the United States have either tried to pass laws allowing discrimination against transgendered people or tried to repeal laws prohibiting discrimination against them. The rationale behind such absurdities is that all transgendered women are actually still men pretending to be women so they can attack and rape women and girls in bathroom stalls. Where they get that crazy idea from is anyone’s guess, but it actually encourages hatred against all who happen to be transgendered, often making THEM targets of violence. Quite simply, people need to stop equating sexual deviancy with immorality. Just because someone is homosexual or transsexual does not mean they are inclined to violate the personal autonomy of anyone else.
Now someone who was abused TWICE, first by an actual criminal and then by opportunistic transphobes, has decided to fight back against both types of bastards.
Woman who fought bathroom attacker refuses to let anti-trans group use her story
Last week, Kelly Herron was on a long run when she stopped to use the bathroom in a Seattle park and was attacked by a man hiding in a stall. She fought him off, screaming “Not today, motherfucker!”, and shared her story on social media with a very specific goal.
“After my assault, I came out with my story about fighting back,” she said in an email. “I didn’t want other women to be fearful and not continue to do the things that make them happy, like running!”
My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming("Not today, M**F**er!"), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr
While Herron set out with clear intentions, a group called Just Want Privacy quickly used her experience to make a political point about prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. Her attacker, however, was not transgender.
That didn’t sit right with Herron, and she knew exactly what to say: “not today, motherfuckers.”
That’s how she replied on Thursday in a fundraising email that opposed Just Want Privacy’s efforts to repeal Washington’s non-discrimination laws and allow public facilities to keep trans people from using the restroom that reflects their identity.
“I’m more upset now than I have been all week after seeing that a political group is using my face, my name and my story to fundraise for I-1552, a ballot initiative that deliberately targets and harms transgender people—including friends whom I respect,” Herron wrote. “I refuse to allow anyone to use me and my horrific sexual assault to cause harm and discrimination to others.”
On Tuesday, Just Want Privacy posted a statement on its Facebook page acknowledging its use of Herron’s story.
“Since many of the volunteers that comprise this campaign are themselves survivors of sexual assault, the last thing we want to do is make anyone feel exploited,” it said. “If our actions have inadvertently failed in this effort, we are sincerely sorry.”
Herron wasn’t convinced. She also felt it was essential to publicly reject the group’s proposal, which needs 330,000 signatures by July to make it onto the ballot. Just Want Privacy says that men are currently allowed to enter locker rooms and bathrooms, and may assault girls and women, who aren’t permitted to question their presence. The law, however, focuses on ensuring access to public facilities and preventing harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“My transgender friends, just like me, want to use the bathroom and get out safely. It’s that simple,” Herron said in an email. “[R]epealing non-discrimination protections for transgender people won’t make any of us safer, and it may make things worse by encouraging more harassment.”
Herron’s harrowing story is a also good reminder to never use a woman’s story of sexual assault for your own political gain.
That incident also reminded me of this:
I wonder if Leah Remini and Kelly Herron have grounds to file lawsuits against that sort of crap.
If a few Jews were criminals in Europe, did that justify the Holocaust? If people were descended from a country (Japan) that attacked the United States in 1941, did that justify locking up thousands of them in concentration camps? And even if the attacker of Kelly Herron had been transgendered, would that justify discriminating against ALL transgendered people? HELL NO!
I was also reminded of a debate I had long ago with a degenerate right-winger:
And yes, I can generalize. Just because ALL persons in a general class don’t demonstrate a certain behavior doesn’t make the generalization worthless. If that were the case, I shouldn’t be afraid of sharks – not ALL of them bite. …..Generalizations help us navigate the world, and keep us safe. As my relevant and correct shark example said, it would be stupid to jump in a tank filled with 100 sharks if only two are man eaters. But hey, you’re the tolerant type I’m sure, why don’t you try?
Of course, this is utter nonsense. It isn’t even a legitimate conservative thing to say, it’s just bull$#it. Most sharks do not attack people. In fact, we eat far more sharks then they’ve ever eaten people. Generalizing is always worthless and should never be excused. Otherwise, all sorts of racist, sexist, homophobic and Islamophobic crap should be excused and promoted everywhere.
We need to stop tolerating such crap and speak out against it at every turn, or eventually we WILL have our own version of a Holocaust in America! Maybe not against Jews, but it could be against Muslims, Mexicans, homosexuals, transgendered, or atheists. All that’s needed is to repeal most of the provisions in the Bill of Rights and America can then be a fascist state that MASS EXTERMINATES PEOPLE and it will be our fault as a people for assuming it could never have happened to us because we are ‘Merica!