The authorities in Idaho charged a transgender woman this week with secretly taking pictures of an 18-year-old woman changing in a Target fitting room.
The national retail chain drew praise from transgender advocates and condemnation from conservative groups when it announced in April that it would allow customers to use the restroom or fitting room corresponding to their gender identity.
An officer from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Target in Ammon, Idaho, on Monday evening by a woman who said she saw someone reach over the wall separating the fitting rooms there with an iPhone taking pictures or a video, according to a court document. While a majority of Target locations have unisex fitting rooms, the Ammon store does not, a spokeswoman said.
In the longer run, unisex changing rooms and bath rooms are the solution to this particular societal evolution. There are obvious obstacles - it can be expensive; settings that include large crowds, such as concert halls or schools, might need to (horrors!) provide gender-specific facilities complemented by unisex alternatives; and retro-fitting public schools might strain already scarce public funds.
Not to mention feminist complaints about micro-aggressions regarding whether the toilet seat is up or down, and why did that eight-year old boy pee all over it anyway?
All of this could have taken place after something representing a national conversation, but Obama is a man in a hurry.