A Target for Lawsuits

The small City of Oxford should be commended for having enough courage to stand against the dangerous notion that would have little girls undressing in small, closed-off rooms while potentially in the company of very sick men.

Hyperbole? Hardly. That’s the type of unintended environment that our Social Justice Warriors and their invertebrate enablers have created: girls possibly undressing in the same room with either a) men so sexually and emotionally confused that they think of themselves as women, or b) perverted men who are simply taking advantage of a permissive setting.

No father in his right mind would think either situation is acceptable. Thankfully someone, somewhere, is pushing back.

Last month Oxford, Alabama – a small city halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta – passed an ordinance making it illegal to use public bathrooms or changing rooms different from one’s gender. The measure reads, “citizens have a right to … be secure from embarrassment and unwanted intrusion into their privacy while utilizing multiple occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities.”

That has always made perfect sense, but Oxford was instantly hit with harangue. The leader of Human Rights Campaign Alabama (seriously?) called the city’s action a “shameful and vile attack on the rights and privacy of transgender people.”

Typical. As if this little city is the aggressor here, rather than a multibillion dollar corporation seeking favorable press and praise by creating a dangerous environment for its employees and customers in Oxford.

Target’s executives clearly thought they were being progressive and even trendy when the store announced last month that its customers and employees could use whatever bathroom and changing room they felt appropriate.

“We believe that everyone – every team member, every guest, and every community – deserves to be protected from discrimination,” the company explained.

What about being protected from perverts? I guess that’s not progressive and trendy enough for the Minnesota-based clothing store that, for some reason, thinks it’s in the business of social engineering rather than selling shirts. Last year, the store abolished gender-based signage in some departments (because we know our daughters will be irreparably harmed – and not just conveniently informed – by a sign directing them to the “Girls” section of the clothing department).

We’re left to wonder, what’s next from these enlightened retailers?

Whatever silly actions remain on Target’s social justice agenda, they ought to consider one item that’s sure to present itself in the future: lawsuits.

Yes, the all-purpose tool of the litigious left will surely find its target, so to speak, after women and children are harmed by this policy – a policy that deliberately creates an unsafe environment for Target’s employees and customers.

Oxford’s ordinance explains the risk Target is taking: “… single sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals utilizing those facilities which may include, but not limited to, voyeurism, exhibitionism, molestation, and assault and battery.”

Again, hyperbole? No.

In late March, a Los Angeles man was arrested for “disguising himself as a woman, sneaking in to the women’s restroom at a Macy’s department store and secretly videotaping hours of footage of women in bathroom stalls.” The man kept a video camera in his purse.

A few days later in Woodbridge, Va., police arrested a man who, while in drag, entered a women’s restroom and videotaped two women and a 5-year-old child.

Then there’s the case of a man claiming to be a woman who gained access to female-only homeless shelters in Toronto, where he sexually assaulted several women.

The list goes on and on, and thanks to policies like those enacted by Target, the list will grow in number and nature because now an offender can claim protected status, and those who’d normally signal alarm are being shamed into silence. Who wants to be called a disgusting bigot? Thankfully, Oxford’s city council has thick skin.

Someone will eventually be harmed, and then someone will eventually hold Target accountable.

I’m certainly no lawyer, but put a person like me on a jury hearing a lawsuit brought by a woman who was assaulted, or the parents of a child who was recorded in the bathroom, and Target will have much more than hell to pay.