Ken Gallinger @TorontoStar (Canada)

Ken GallingerKen Gallinger is the “Ethically speaking columnist” for the Toronto Star. Apparently, people write to him for ethical advice. Recently, a woman wrote into him with the following:

I am a senior woman. Recently, a “man” claiming to be transgender, who had not yet begun physical treatments, was permitted by our local Y to use the women’s locker room. There are no secure change rooms. The person they allowed in was not courteous and stared at me while I struggled out of a wet bathing suit. He was naked, had an erection and playfully asked ‘do you come here often?’ I understand that gender is no longer judged solely by genitalia, but does a brief contact with the duty manager mean that men not yet committed to gender reassignment are free to disrobe anywhere they choose?

This behavior is precisely the kind of behavior overbroad gender identity laws sanction (see, e.g., the Evergreen College debacle).  Ontario’s law is overbroad in this regard, and permits a man who “says he’s a woman” in sex-segregated spaces.

Gallinger responded that “From a human rights perspective, a transgender woman is a woman, full stop.”

He then goes on to say “I don’t know, obviously, whether the person you encountered was truly trans, or merely a poseur getting his kicks; the physical evidence makes me suspect the latter. In any event, this person’s behaviour was unacceptable and, arguably, illegal.”

Gallinger fails to realize that the law DOES NOT ACCOUNT for poseurs. that is, the law protects Men “getting their kicks.” Indeed, almost all gender identity laws protect Men “getting their kicks.”

If Gallinger were truly “ethical,” he would point out the glaring injustice of expecting Women to discern between the “friendly transwoman” and the poseur getting his kicks. He would not lecture Women that a Man playing with his dick is “a woman, full stop.”

We also wait for Trans Activists to “collect” Gallinger for questioning who is “truly trans.”

Transgender woman’s behaviour in changeroom unacceptable_ Gallinger _ Toronto Star.

Trans rights trump women’s rights _ Toronto Star.

4 thoughts on “Ken Gallinger @TorontoStar (Canada)”

  1. How terrifying. I would have just put clothes on over the bathing suit and got the hell out.

  2. Ontarians accept that it is a challenging life for people with transgendered identities, which is why providing a reasonable alternative via the use of separate unisex bathrooms or change rooms seems to be a reasonable course of action to assist such individuals. Why is this reasonable and simple accommodation not enough for the miniscule minority of transgendered individuals among the millions of Ontarians? Our “decision-makers” at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal have decided for all Ontarians that it’s not enough for a trans person to view himself as the opposite sex – the whole world must be forced to share his subjective view, too. The new transgender bathroom policy has affirmed that the vast majority of Ontarian women and men are not entitled to the protection of the Human Rights Code as much as transsexuals are. What about the feelings, discomfort, and safety of the millions of girls and women in Ontario who are now forced to undress in the same change room with a pre-operation phenotypic male, who may claim to be transsexual? Do our rights get trumped because an individual subjectively “feels” female even though he may still have a penis, and be more than happy to show it off? Did the OHRT consult Ontarians regarding their decision?

    I am concerned that sexually predatory men will take advantage of the new bill by claiming they are transsexual in order to freely access any women’s washroom in the province. The guaranteed consequences of this bill are that many girls and women will definitely be victimized as a result of this bill. Mr. Gallinger’s article suggests that this is already happening – hardly a surprise – and the trend will likely increase because there are no legal consequences for any predatory individuals who behave in this way. A predator banned from one facility simply has to go down the road to another. Mr. Gallinger bemoans the predatory behaviour that one poor woman was forced to endure, while actively supporting a system that allows such predatory behavior to flourish. Far more women than trans people stand to feel invaded and helpless by such behaviour as there are likely far more sexually predatory individuals out there than transgendered people – predatory individuals who will be delighted to put on a dress (or not even that) in order to access women’s bathrooms and change rooms under the guise of being self-identified as ‘transgendered’.

    Although a transgendered person may feel s/he has the “right” to be in a women’s change room, what about the feelings of the phenotypic females who may not wish a phenotypic male to be in that washroom? We women are entitled to the protection of the Human Rights Code, just like anyone else. Exactly how many transsexual people are there for whom we are risking the safety and security of our roughly 6.8 million girls and women?

  3. “Mr. Gallinger bemoans the predatory behaviour that one poor woman was forced to endure, while actively supporting a system that allows such predatory behavior to flourish”

    Excellent post b8kind! This can change if enough people put pressure on elected officials.

    We have already seen examples of “gender identity” laws violating the privacy rights of girls and women. The Colleen Francis incident at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a perfect example.

    If I were this woman who wrote to Gallinger about her humiliating experience in the locker room, I would sue the business establishment for the emotional trauma I had to endure.

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