Louie Gohmert’s ob­ses­sion with bath­rooms is off tar­get

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

Tar­get. It’s kind of a weird name for a store. I mean a tar­get is some­thing you shoot at. But now Tar­get is the tar­get of the an­ti­trans right be­cause Tar­get did some­thing pretty rad­i­cal. Some­thing few com­pa­nies have dared to do be­cause it’s just so fringe, so wild, so un­heard of.

On April 19, Tar­get an­nounced that it’s okay for peo­ple to use the re­strooms at their store. I know! Can you even be­lieve it? Can you even be­lieve how to­tally mun­dane and un­in­ter­est­ing that should be? But, no. This na­tion’s un­healthy ob­ses­sion with the potty habits of trans peo­ple or peo­ple who do not have a rigid gen­der iden­tity has made such a state­ment rev­o­lu­tion­ary, ap­par­ently.

“We wel­come trans­gen­der team mem­bers and guests to use the re­stroom or fit­ting room fa­cil­ity that cor­re­sponds with their gen­der iden­tity,” Tar­get said in an April 19 state­ment. “Given the spe­cific ques­tions th­ese leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als raised about how we man­age our fit­ting rooms and re­strooms, we felt it was im­por­tant to state our po­si­tion.”

To which I say, “Bravo, Tar­get!

Other peo­ple, how­ever, are freak­ing. Dumb peo­ple, but peo­ple nonethe­less.

And one of those dumbs is Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). “I un­der­stand Tar­get may now be chang­ing their re­strooms,” Gohmert said on the House floor on April 21 ac­cord­ing to the Huff­in­g­ton Post. “If they’re go­ing to be hav­ing women come into men’s re­strooms, I won’t be go­ing to Tar­get to shop, un­less and un­til that changes.”

The crux of Gohmert’s com­plaint, and re­ally the en­tire ar­gu­ment in fa­vor of the bath­room po­lice laws be­ing pro­posed across the coun­try, is who gets to de­fine what a man or a woman is? Tar­get thinks it should be up to the in­di­vid­ual per­son. Gohmert thinks it should be him.

Rep. Louie Gohmert

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