When retail giant Target announced it’s going to allow people to use whichever bathroom they “identify” with, outrage ensued across the nation. However, if you thought that was bad, you might want to have a look at what Starbucks just did.
Transgender activists have gained serious ground in the Bathroom War ™ in recent months, and it looks like they just notched another victory under their belt. After Target announced that it was going to endanger women and children by allowing anyone to use any bathroom they “feel” is appropriate, the parent company of the coffee chain Starbucks thought it a good idea to follow suit, but its not stopping with just its coffee shops.
USA Today has more:
Starbucks, Hudson’s Bay Co. — parent company to Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue — and Barnes & Noble all told USA TODAY that employees and customers in their stores are welcome to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Riley said the company is “looking into additional opportunities to have more gender-neutral signage in our restrooms where jurisdictions allow it.”
“HBC respects and affirms each person’s right to self-identify and access facilities that reflect their gender identity,” spokeswoman Tiffany Bourré said.
“As a company, Barnes & Noble treats all employees and customers with dignity and respect,” spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said. “For our transgender employees and customers, that means that they are allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.”
So there you have it – four more retail chains where you may not be safe if you’re a woman trying to use the bathroom, all so the company can say it’s “inclusive” of everyone.
Isn’t that nice?
Inclusiveness only goes so far. At some point, these companies have to realize that there’s only .3 percent of our entire population that self-identifies as the opposite sex, which means the likelihood that one of those people ever walks into one of their store is slim.
With that in mind, it’s utter insanity to craft policies based upon the assumption that maybe, just maybe, one day, one of these people might find themselves inside of the building and needing to use the bathroom. Think about it, Target has some 2.5 million shoppers a day, which means it gets close to a billion shoppers annually, and there’s roughly a million transgendered people in the entire country.
The statistical probability of that exact event is about the equivalent of someone being struck by lightning while standing in front of the store and holding a handful of jelly beans. Yet, these policies, which endanger women by allowing men open access to their restrooms, are created in the .00115 percent chance that a transgendered person walks into one of the stores and needs to use the bathroom.
That’s utter insanity.