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A thought for today: The rooms they are a-changing


The clothing retail chain Topshop has announced it now has gender-neutral changing rooms ‘following growing pressure from customers’ – mainly performance artist Travis Alabanza, identifying as ‘trans feminine’, who complained after being requested to use a male changing room.

Judging from the accompanying photographs, Travis Alabanza is not a transsexual undergoing hormone therapy or surgery, but a man in a dress. Such individuals could use individual cubicles, but Alabanza, who claims his shopping trip was ‘instantly politicised’ by Topshop’s response, is typical of campaigners who aim to re-make the whole world for their own convenience.

Disabled people have had to struggle for the most basic facilities simply to participate in public life; in contrast, one ‘trans’ campaigner, with one complaint, has changed a major retailer’s policy for everyone. It is claimed that ‘transphobia’ drives some transsexuals to suicide, so consequently their every whim must be humoured – unlike the disabled who, when struggling to find help, are told that suicide, or the ‘right to die’, is the solution to their problems. Some disabled people are simply unable to access changing rooms, but Alabanza did not want to use the changing room provided, which catered to his biological sex. In this case Topshop was not discriminating against him; rather he was discriminating against the changing room.

However, in pandering to a vanishingly small number of such individuals, Topshop is guilty of discriminating against all women by compromising their privacy and security.

Hopefully ‘ordinary’ female shoppers will take their business elsewhere. As for the Travis Alabanzas of this world, one would have thought a male changing room would be right up their street.

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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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