A Dallas man – who apparently felt the need to police a women’s bathroom for non-biological-females – has been caught on video harassing a woman for using the women’s bathroom, The Dallas Observer is reporting.
Jessica Rush is, was, and always has been a female. She is not transgender – she was born with female parts and has always had them and has always identified as female. So regardless of your position on whether or not transgender individuals should use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex at birth, in Jessica’s case there is no ambiguity. She is biologically female and has every right to pee in the women’s bathroom in peace.
“I look very much like a girl. I’m not trying to transition, nothing like that.”
A man, who has not been identified as of this writing, apparently saw things differently.
On Thursday, Rush was at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco to have broken fingers looked at. At some point during her visit, she answered nature’s call, and then things got… weird.
Rush, you see, was dressed rather boyishly that day, wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt of her alma mater, Texas Tech. She also wears her hair in a fauxhawk. As she told WFAA (Dallas), though she may have been dressed androgynously, there’s still no doubt she’s female.
“I’m clearly a woman. I was just in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Nothing about of the ordinary.”
Apparently, that was enough to make a stranger think she was actually a male, trying to pass himself off as female so he could use the women’s bathroom under the guise of being transgender. The stranger followed Jessica into the bathroom.
In the video below, you can see part of the awkward exchange between Rush and the man as she exits the bathroom.
Rush would later learn that the man was concerned about Rush using the same bathroom that his mother was going to use, as he tried to explain to Jessica.
“The point is I was helping my mom. I was confused when I see someone entering the woman’s bathroom looking like a man.”
Regardless of the man’s concerns, the incident has Jessica unnerved.
“He scared me more than anything. I was shocked. I didn’t even know what to do so that’s when I flipped on my video camera. Regardless of it being a woman’s bathroom, why come in and then start attacking me personally? That’s scary to me as a five-foot-three, five-foot-four female.”
Jessica’s case illustrates the difficulties faced by cities and states as lawmakers try to legislate which bathrooms people use. While some argue that laws dictating that people use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex assigned at birth are necessary to keep voyeurs, predators, and other perverts out of restrooms, the matter of how those laws are going to be enforced seems to be ambiguous, at best.
For example, in the case of Oxford, Alabama, which recently passed a law requiring individuals to use the “right” bathroom or face six months in jail, enforcement is going to be haphazard at best. Any person who believes that a transgender person is using the “wrong” bathroom will then have to call the cops, the responding officer would actually have to witness the crime, and then the person who made the complaint would have to sign a warrant for the offender’s arrest.
For Jessica Rush, as far as she’s concerned, which bathroom someone uses is no one’s business but their own.
“If I do go into the women’s bathroom, then I clearly identify as a woman whether I’m trans or not, which I’m not and I don’t plan to be. I just think everybody just needs to kind of stay to themselves and don’t be the bathroom police.”
Do you think private individuals have the right, or duty, to police which bathrooms other people use?
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