Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Consequences of Transgender Accommodations

There's been a lot of discussion about transgender persons, and how accommodations should be made for them. This is good; society needs a lively debate over our guiding principles with regard to right and wrong, what should be done and what shouldn't.

However, there's a situation that developed in Missouri regarding such an accommodation.  A 17-year old girl who renamed herself Lila requested that she be allowed to use the girls' locker room at Hillsboro High. The School Board and Administration had previously allowed her to use a unisex faculty facility for her needs. Upon her request, they permitted her to use the girls' toilet and locker room.

Some of the girls at the school protested, as did their families and others. Their argument was that the student in question was still a male, and they didn't want to share locker room space with a male!

I'm somewhat mixed with regard to this.

On one hand, it's nice that institutions take transgender status into account in meeting students' needs. On the other hand, the girls could have some needs too. One of which is for their bodies not to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex.  Frankly, I would not want to disrobe in a locker room with males or sexually ambiguous persons present!

I remember the awful feelings of having to disrobe in the locker room when I was one of the later maturing girls.  Taking off my bra when there are fully-developed girls also present can be uncomfortable. And girls from some of the Fundamentalist sects found the very deed of disrobing to be traumatic!

I do not offer a resolution.

However, it's just like school administrations to make decisions that impact only students, and probably not giving a damn about their effect. Damn it: at least take some of the impact. None of this, "Put on your big girl panties, and deal with it."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Guys and Christmas Trees

The only thing most guys know about Christmas trees is what they 'know' about girlfriends' chests: If it's real, say it looks artificial. If it's artificial, say it looks real.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Roadside Sign

We have a lot of roadside signs in Montana. There are the roadside memorial crosses, the standard "Seniors '10" on overpasses, and often adopt-a-highway signs. This one was edited.

Do people throw more trash along a stretch of highway in which the atheists have adopted; or do they want to keep their Christian trash off of that highway?

Occasionally the local Ku Klux Klan adopts a highway. Does that affect littering?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

High School Nicknames

High school students are not always the most sensitive, p.c. type of individuals like the schools and churches exhort us to be.  Maybe it's just being obstinate, but that sort of thing does happen.

For instance, there were two Heidis in my high school class.  One was nicknamed Heidi of the Alps, apparently in homage to the Johanna Spyri character.  The other was nicknamed Heidi of the Foothills.

Tennessee kids need to have a sense of humour.  Can I now be known as Heidi of the Bitterroots?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Three Miss Americas!

Oklahoma City University, run by the Methodist Church, has an interesting claim to fame:  Three Miss Americas came from it.  In honor of this accomplishment, they erected three life-size statues of their own Miss Americas:

Not even the University of California or the University of Miami can claim this distinction.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

A small town in northern Wyoming has a strange name: Ten Sleep. It was named by the Sioux Indians because it was ten days from two Sioux camps in opposite directions.  It's a small town, otherwise not distinguishable.

Friday, July 17, 2015

This Is the Pits!

Okay, one of the strangest fashion trends is for women to refrain from shaving your armpits.  Yes, wearing your underarm hair as long as a guys!  And to compound things, dye the underarm hair in startling colors, like voodoo blue or pink!  Supposedly, pit-dyers do it for various reasons: as an expression of feminism, for self-expression, because it looks nice, or because it freaks some people out!  

Not surprisingly, Miley Cyrus died hers pink.

Anyway, you can read about it here.  Dyeing hair on the head is already done (like by me).  What is next?  Dyeing one's beaver instead of getting a Brazilian?