SEATTLE, Washington, May 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Although Washington State’s new anti-discrimination bathroom policy may well be beyond parody (if a woman objects to a man stripping in the ladies, it requires her to leave, not him) the Family Research Institute of Washington felt the thinking behind it was worth exploring. It went to the University of Seattle with video camera in hand to do so.
It went to the right place. On its video “College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Gender,” articulate students of both traditional genders patiently explained that gender was a “social construct” imposed on reality for reasons none could explain, but definitely not one worth basing any important judgments upon.
It was the conservative, Christian organization’s second recent foray into campus thought. The first, “College Kids Say the Darndest Things About Age and Gender” exposed University of Washington student acceptance of the proposition that people are whatever race, colour, age or gender they say they are. (However, most interview subjects balked at believing people were whatever height they claimed.)
Focusing on gender and switching campuses to Seattle U, the Institute’s executive director, Joseph Backholm, found most of the youth he questioned were, as he told LifeSiteNews, “more afraid of being politically incorrect than of being irrational.”
All approved a new dictate by the state Human Rights Commission opening all washrooms to all genders because, as one young woman put it, “I think gender is completely fluid…so I think that is completely fine.” Another said, “I think that whether you think that you are male or female then I think that is the bathroom you should go to.”
But aren’t there differences between men and women, Backholm asked. “No, yes, I mean possibly, generally yes,” offered one co-ed. “But I don’t know why.” Many answered that gender differences were a “social construct.” As one tall male elaborated, “Socially, currently, yes. But there is no reason scientifically or logically for them to exist.” Another youth responded, “There’s not much difference aside from what society forces on people.”
When Backholm asked one young woman whether he was male or female, she said tentatively “male.”
“You think that’s a problem,” he asked.
“Yeah, probably,” she answered, uneasily.
The Family Research Institute’s videos are part of a larger campaign to pass a law through the state’s initiative process to rescind the Human Rights Commission’s transgender washroom ruling. It needs a quarter of a million signatures by next November’s election. The initiative would require schools to maintain and enforce gendered washrooms, and would protect businesses that choose to do the same from a discrimination charge.