A bit of a deviation from Erick’s noted mantra, but hey, we’re all deviants at some level. Except for this guy, apparently…
[Yvette Cormier] went to the front desk after someone who looked like a “man” entered the women’s locker room while she was changing.
“I wanted to know why there was a man in the women’s locker room,” she told CNN. “He looked like a man, and that’s what stopped me in my tracks.”
She said the front desk employee told her about Planet Fitness’ “no-judgment” policy, which allows people to use changing room based on “their sincere, self-reported gender identity.”
Unsatisfied, she said she called Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and heard the same thing.
“That should be something they pointed out when I signed up,” she said.
“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room. I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay lesbian, transgender or transvestite. I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”
…because, apparently, it is Yvette Cormier who is the deviant.
Now, here’s the deal: Normal or not, we do find that people identify with a gender that is not their biological sex. However, regardless of one’s belief in their gender, there is something terribly wrong about the situation that Mrs. Cormier found herself in.
Planet Fitness cancelled her membership because of this event… not because she didn’t want a man in the women’s locker room, but because of the way she expressed her feelings. Planet Fitness, in other words, gets to play thought police. There is, of course, a difference in what a private business does and what a government does – you have alternatives to Planet Fitness (and you really should choose them, not just because of this story) – but it is still an issue for those in the world who are not transgendered or believe that you can use whichever bathroom/dressing room/locker room you want based on how you feel.
The vocal minority wins the game because businesses are so afraid of the PR hit of being seen as bullies. As a result, they cave to those vocal minorities and completely ignore the silent majorities that aren’t comfortable with the change. Those that do speak up get their gym membership revoked at best. At worst, you get publicly shamed and ostracized from normal society for, get this, disagreeing with someone (and you are also targeted in Tumblr accounts run by the Internet’s most annoying social justice warriors who have nothing better to do). It’s a maddening trend that claims many victims.
Regardless of whether or not you accept the premise of transgenderism, the fact remains that, in the process of making people accept every little quirk in the human condition, you end up punishing everyone else. You will be made to accept a (biological) man in the women’s locker room. Mrs. Cormier was made to care about it, but she didn’t care in the right way and was punished for it.