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Clearly a terrifying presence

In what’s sure to be part of a growing trend, a young woman in a Walmart restroom Friday was treated to a stern anti-transgender scolding from a self-appointed member of the Moral Police in Danbury, Connecticut. Aimée Toms, a 22-year-old college student from Naugatuck, was washing her hands when a complete stranger hissed “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!” Toms, you see, has really short hair and was wearing a baseball cap, which was enough to convince the sharp-eyed Walmart shopper that Toms had to be one of those filthy transgender people using the ladies’ biffy, endangering The Children and ruining America. Toms posted a fine video rant about the experience to Facebook Friday evening, and the video quickly went viral, with nearly 40,000 views since it went up. We have to say we like the cut of her jib. Toms introduces the video with this brief caption:

If it really takes me pulling up my shirt and showing someone I grew these boobs myself for them to leave me alone in a restroom, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

This really lit a fire under my ass today.

Toms said she believes the noise surrounding North Carolina’s terlet law and the Great Big Target Boycott have emboldened bigots to take on the important job of policing restrooms for themselves:

“I think this is all just a response. No one was telling these people to be scared of transgender people before. No one was telling them that they should be throwing people out of bathrooms,” Toms said. “As if it wasn’t scary enough for transgender people to use the bathroom before.”

And why is Toms going around looking like a dude, with short hair and a baseball cap? Toms currently has such short hair because she chopped off her nice long locks in January for a charity that makes wigs for kids with cancer:

Aimee Toms 2

There’s your scary transgender boogie man, all right.

“I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair. I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.” Toms said. “I’m grateful that that woman only called me disgusting and didn’t physically attack me … I was a victim of transphobia today as a cisgender female because my hair is short.”

Toms says she has several transgender friends, including a high school friend who was a prom queen but later identified as male. Toms also says she never thought the video would be seen beyond her friends and family, and was surprised she started getting supportive comments from all over. In the video, she points out there haven’t been any actual cases of transgender people attacking anyone in restrooms, the supposed impetus for the North Carolina law, and adds that women are far more likely to be assaulted by cisgender men, saying she was followed into a restroom by a man last year and almost sexually assaulted.

A number of members of the Internet Comments Detective Bureau have seized on the fact that Toms didn’t report the incident to police or Walmart as proof that nothing actually happened, insisting Toms is simply a deranged liberal social justice warrior trying to become famous and push an agenda. Toms told the Danbury News-Times she hadn’t said anything to Walmart management because she didn’t see where the woman went afterwards, and even if they did find her the most they’d be able to do would be to tell her to mind her manners, since saying mean things to someone in a restroom isn’t against the law. One comment section investigator on the News-Times website summed up their prosecutorial evidence thusly:

This. Did. Not. Happen

Seriously, people! So quick to believe?

She knows there are no cameras in the restroom. She does not report it to the Walmart management, does not call police…there are no witnesses. It does not have a ring of truth to it.

Shame on her. There are real incidents of harrassment based on hate and ignorance – no need to stir up anger over a made up story.

Then she adds the tidbit about a man following her into a restroom to rape her last year…did she report that one? Show me the evidence.

More likely the rape story fits into her agenda, as if to say that if a man is intent on rape, he can go into a restroom even if the laws being considered today are not in place.

This kind of behavior makes ME want to get off the planet.

Others pointed out that, yes, there have been other cases of cisgender women being harangued for looking insufficiently feminine while using public restrooms, like the incident earlier this month in Frisco, Texas, where a very concerned man followed a woman into a restroom to tell her he thought she looked too mannish. That incident was recorded by the woman on her cell phone. Ah, say the skeptics, so why didn’t Toms pull out a phone and record her supposed harassment, then? And then some genius says it’s all Caitlyn Jenner’s fault for making people uncomfortable with trans people in the first place, and if those people would simply stay hidden, none of this would be an issue. Our favorite “disproof” of the incident was this one: “It didn’t happen. Liberals make up stories like Sandy Hook and this to push their sick agenda.” QED.

Yr Wonkette concedes there is some possibility Toms’s story could be a hoax like the “fag cake” non-incident at Whole Foods in April.* In this case, we’re fairly comfortable believing Ms. Toms, simply because we’d like to think someone who donates hair for kids with cancer isn’t a big old liar. Also, in her video, Toms says she looks “adorable” in a baseball cap and short hair, so there’s one verifiable statement already. And in the very same comments sections where Internet Sherlocks are accusing Toms, others are also calling trans people sick disgusting perverts — sounds like they might be quite happy to say that to a stranger in a restroom, too.

* That story wrapped up recently with the accuser admitting it was a hoax, dropping his lawsuit against Whole Foods, and apologizing; Whole Foods has dropped its countersuit.

[Danbury News-Times / Aimée Toms on Facebook / WFAA / RawStory]

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  • Indiepalin

    If this exchange really happened, why wasn’t it captured on video by the restroom security camera?

  • Anna Elizabeth

    I no-kidding am really starting to hate Xtians, GOPers, and internet know-it-alls.

    • JustPixelz

      Don’t confuse American Christians with Actual Christians. If someone’s outlook is “go fuck yourself”, he/she/xe is an American Christian.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Don’t confuse me with someone needing to be lectured. You are now Killfiled.

        KTHXBAI

        • Oblios_Cap

          Oy vey!

      • arglebargle

        I’m getting kinda tired of the American vs Actual Christian argument myself. I need to see a definition of an “actual” christian that lasts more than a decade. Actual Christians have been murdering, genocidal, infanticidal (sp?), homophobic, misogynistic, control freaks for the vast majority of the two thousand year sample we have to draw from. A new age lovey dovey Jesus was not the norm, and still isn’t for a lot of self-professed “actual” christians. And if one believes that their all knowing actual god is benevolent, they must concede the point that they really don’t know this and therefore, if there is a god, he/she/it may actually be a prick who likes to see people fly planes into buildings at 500 mph. For all you know those guys are in paradise with 72 virgins.

        • JustPixelz

          I hear of Actuals from time-to-time. Not to say they’re doing something an Actual Buddhist or Actual Atheist wouldn’t also do, but stuff like helping treat ebola, food banks. The thing that gets me are self-proclaimed Christians who are greedy, judgmental, racist and say natural disasters are God’s punishment for ___________.

          • Kavefish

            My conclusion has been that good people are good in spite of their religion, not because of it. And that at it’s base, religion is an old relic best left to the dustbin of history.

          • Aquaria

            “With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

            –Steven Weinberg

          • arglebargle

            But why are they doing those good deeds? To get a reward? The deed doesn’t make them a moral person. In fact, the more uplifting person is the one who helps people for the sake of helping people, not those with an ulterior motive.

          • nmmagyar

            But are the folks you say are actual Chistians just actually nice people, regardless of their faith? Correlation is not causation

        • nightmoth

          Here’s some actuals: http://www.jubileepartners.org/

          • arglebargle

            Christians pointing out their good deeds doesn’t mean jack shit to me. Lots of locals loved El Chapo and Pablo Escobar for the favors they did for them. Hamas has a social service department.

            Do the good deeds without proclaiming your faith. That’s real humanitarianism.

          • nightmoth

            They really don’t point them out, as you’ll see if you read the websites. Most people who live even a few miles from Jubilee don’t even know they exist. It’s more than good deeds for these folks. I do good deeds, but I haven’t sold all my property and gone to live in a community where I do nothing but good deeds. Also, I’ve never gone to jail for protesting war, or had a burial service for a friendless executed prisoner on my farm, all of which they’ve done. Incidentally: they don’t proselytize anybody. They have rescued many Muslim refugees over the years, particularly from Africa, and they don’t say zip to them about religion.

          • arglebargle

            Fair enough. I have certainly fallen short of the ideal humanitarian lifestyle. If people want to do good in this world I’m all for it.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            And, in both examples cited, a belief in God is not necessary to engage in those activities. Jubilee Partners and Open Door Community could accomplish the same goals if everyone involved was an atheist.

          • nightmoth

            Yes, they could. If you know of any atheist intentional communities engaged wholly in service work, I would be interested to visit them.

        • richardgrabman

          “Christian” is such a broad term, and gets mixed up with every other trend and activity in western culture, that it’s hard to say what is, and isn’t Christian. Even in a subset like Baptists in the southern United States, you range from people like Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King to Jerry Falwell, or Louie Gomert.

          • arglebargle

            This fact alone should make one realize the likelihood of one variation to be the absolute truth makes them all irrelevant to leading a good life. And that’s just comparing “Christians”. Throw all the other religions into the mix and you have a real mess.

      • Aquaria

        There is ZERO difference between the American variety and the actual variety.

        None. Zip. Nada.

        So take your No True Scotsman and shove it up your haggis.

    • SDGeoff

      Just getting started, eh? You will find the nice folks here will be very helpful.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Some of my best friends are internet knowitalls.

    • VirginiaLady

      I knew you were going to post that!

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Seriously, folks: none of the “Good Christians” evers helped me when my “Good Christian” father was abusing me, or when my “Good Christian” family helped him. None of you are there when “Good Christians” say dehumanizing things about me in public.

      So please, in my presence, keep your Good Christian mouths closed.

      • Aquaria

        I always remind people that Hitler didn’t kill one Jewish person with his own hands. He had the help of a whole bunch of “good” christers to do that for him.

        The Holocaust was no anomaly. It was a culmination of 1900 years of “good” christer behavior. Sheesh, “good” christers murdered 60,000 Jews in one summer in 1648, in Khmel’nyts’kyi (Ukraine). “Good” christers in London drowned 13,000 in one day in the Thames.

        3,000 to 10,000 Jews living along the Rhine in Germany were murdered as the First Crusaders traveled through there to Palestine. When they got to Jerusalem, the Crusaders murdered an untold number of Jews for fighting to defend their homeland from the christer Crusader horde.

        The Jewish population of Koln was wiped out by the Crusaders. Townspeople did try to save them, by sending them to other towns, but the Crusaders hunted them down and murdered them anyway.

        The history of the christer delusion is one entirely of murder and genocide.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Agreed. The German military even had “Got Mitt Uns” (God is With Us) on their belt buckles.

          They can lie to themselves about how “Good” they are, but they cant lie to *me* about it. I have the scars, inside and outside, that remind me how “Good” Christians are.

  • JustPixelz

    …washing her hands when a complete stranger hissed “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!”

    Many (most! ALL!) RWNJs react this way when faced with something they don’t understand. Like hand washing.

    • therblig

      we all know what handwashing leads to…

      • arglebargle

        hand drying?

        • therblig

          or awkward handshaking

      • Creepoman

        Chafed hands?

      • OneYieldRegular

        Dinner with Trimalchio?

      • SisterArtemis

        couldn’t but help think of “Dune”

        “It was the custom, the housekeeper had explained, for guests as they entered to dip their hands ceremoniously into a basin, slop several cups of water onto the floor, dry their hands on a towel and fling the towel into the growing puddle at the door. After the dinner, beggars gathered outside to get the water squeezings from the towels.”
        [Dune, Frank Herbert]

    • mancityfooty .

      Maybe she was just trying to warn her that she didn’t belong at a wally world?
      “You don’t belong here. They don’t have anything that compliments you’re particular sense of style!”
      Or she was a raging loon that needs to learn how to keep her mouth shut.

      Yeah, probably that second one.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        My proposed solution is to immediately drop trou (or whatever) and flash vag at them. That would probably disturb these busybodies even more than being confronted with an actual transgender person.

  • Jenny

    Heh I generally look like shit, pretty much every day. Although if someone questioned my sexuality because I didn’t do my hair or put on a dress, frankly that person probably won’t talk for a few weeks because their jaw is wired shut, with votes.

    These people have some nerve and really don’t value their own safety. At all.

    • DeputyVanHalen

      I think some of them are trying to provoke an attack to “prove” their point and so they can pretend to be even bigger martyrs.

      • Jenny

        Maybe but then they’d have to deal with reality that they got their ass kicked by a genuine female in her bra lol.

  • DeputyVanHalen

    So wait, now “Criminals will do it anyway” doesn’t mean that restrictive laws aren’t necessary? I’m confused. When we’re talking about gun laws, the same people say the exact opposite.

    • coozledad

      There are already laws in place that criminalize assault.

      This law was never about bathroom assault. It is about riling up feebs to vote Republican in the fall, because they are all still in the anal fixation stage, and will never, never break out of it.

      It’s a red herring for refusing to let municipalities govern their own employment practices. Republican big gummint.

      • Debbies are like snowflakes

        This law is also about putting Trans people at risk for assault. I honestly think it’s an attempt to punish them for having the temerity to question the gender that God made them.
        Sigh. As if people don’t change the way “God made them” all the time– braces for the crooked teeth God gave me, surgery for the cancer God gave my husband, dental drills for the cavities in the weak teeth God gave me.
        I guess we’re all unnatural

    • RoyalUglyDude

      I know, right? We should only have laws that criminals agree with.

  • Master Contrail Program

    No true Scott’s tp?

  • coozledad

    The kind of people the Republican party attracts get a sexual thrill out of starting a ruckus where people shit. Satan begins at toilet training.

  • Spotts1701

    So in other words, they have to be physically assaulted or they’re big ol’ liars? That’s going to be the standard (and of course, even if someone was assaulted these poltroons would claim it was all self-inflicted for sympathy).

    • freakishlystrong

      Like a backwards “B” carved in someone’s face?

  • Lance Thrustwell

    More evidence that transphobes are idiots. Anyone who mistakes that adorable young lady for a man just ain’t firin’ on all cylinders.

    • aureolaborealis

      She probably got a flicker in her whereevers and took out her rage and confusion on the poor object of her desires.

  • SDGeoff

    As if the woman who verbally assaulted Ms Toms had ever committed a selfless act like cutting off her beautiful long hair so a cancer patient could enjoy some comfort and self respect.

    • freakishlystrong

      Of course not, she’s a Christian. Exercising her religious freedumb.

    • DeputyVanHalen

      If I had to guess, she’s probably from one of those groups that think it’s a sin for a woman to cut her hair.

      • SDGeoff

        Could be, but more likely just a self righeous Jebus freak.

    • God probably gave them cancer because they’re sinful, anyway.

  • Master Contrail Program

    You have to love, “She’s making this story up to support her agenda.” Are you fucking serious? I know self-awareness isn’t big with these easily excitable rubes, but this entire “issue” is made up to support somebody’s agenda, you fucking morons! Where’s the videos of all these cross-dressing restroom assaults, since you dipshits require proof of things now?

    • Anarchy Pony

      Self awareness is hard.

      • Kavefish

        it weighs alot, too.

        …best leave it at home. In the basement. Buried under the Hobo Beans.

        • Master Contrail Program

          As a Floridian, I sadly have no basement.

          • Kavefish

            In that case, you must carry your self-awareness around with you at all times.

            The management apologizes for the inconvenience.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Wow! Condemning all Floridians (and Louisianians) to carry their self-awareness around with them at all times. That’s harsh.

          • Kavefish

            The internet tells me I’m a very bad person. I carry my shame as I must :::sniff-sniff:::

    • therblig

      the cute, short-haired, woman in glasses agenda? i’m in full support.

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  • GeminiCricket

    Let’s assist those trans-phobics ready to leave the planet, and get those rocket ships locked and loaded to soar far away from here…

    • Paganish

      Right into the sun :)

      • pstockholm

        Now now. You’d have to waste a lot of good votes to do that. If however you’re looking to get a gravity boost to speed them on their way to Alpha Centauri, we’ll allow it.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Too true. It would actually take more energy to shoot them into the sun than to use the sun’s gravity to slingshot them on their way. We’re all about efficiency here.

    • Blank Ron

      Doesn’t have to be that far. Any decent IRBM will drop them in the middle of some ocean or other.

  • AimeeToms is my hero for the day.

    I feel better about the future with her in it.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Maybe the lady was just upset that Ms. Toms was washing her hands. I don’t generally use “hygiene” and “Walmart” in the same sentence.

    • theCryptofishist

      If she was singing “Happy Birthday” twice to time herself, I’d have been upset, too.

  • Msmlg1979

    I have short hair, and she is right, there are assumptions that come along with it. When I cut mine short at 30, I had male clients I thought were going to literally cry the first time they saw me after. They took it personally, because apparently, it’s my job to look the way they think I should. I love my short hair, and it doesn’t lessen my femininity in any way.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Femininity is indestructible! It’s masculinity that’s fragile.

      • Msmlg1979

        If my pixie cut can threaten their ideas about gender roles that much, then I can’t argue with that.

        • SecludedCompound

          I honestly don’t get it. Some of the cutest girls I know rock the short hair. Since when is this a thing? Like, I knew that it was apparently a thing when Mia Farrow did it back in the 60s, but now?

          • Msmlg1979

            Women having short hair is even mentioned in the Bible as being sinful, and that our hair is our “glory”.

          • theCryptofishist

            But we should keep it covered because of reasons.

          • SecludedCompound

            Oh, ha, I totally remember that now. That was thousands of years ago though! I mean maybe I’m just in danger of hellfire for liking a variety of things about many, many women.

          • Msmlg1979

            So many of those ridiculous things from thousands of years ago continue to hang on. I’m in the same boat, just with men. Oh, well..guess we’re going to hell!

        • handyhippie65

          try being a guy with a ponytail. i had one “christian” tell me he would cut my hair for me.

          • Msmlg1979

            People need to mind their own business.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      One of my besties has really short hair…she decided to keep it that way after she recovered from breast cancer. She gets the same shit about “looking like a lesbian”.

      • Msmlg1979

        Boys have short hair. Girls have long hair. Boys wear pants. Girls wear dresses. Boys like blue. Girls like pink. All these dumb boxes we try to shove people in.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          From what I gather, most boys on Wonkette are not wearing pants.

          • Msmlg1979

            I’m not. But that’s because I’m wearing a dress. Which is weird for a short-haired lesbian like myself.

          • nmmagyar

            No we are not

          • SnarkOff

            Neither are the girls. Just saying.

          • Kavefish

            Clothing-optional Internet is hella comfortable.

      • Meanwhile, I have long hair, yet nobody thinks I’m a woman or feels like they can guess my sexuality from it. Go figure.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      A lot of women rock short hair. Just be yourself. :)

    • rosenbomb

      I used to rock a pixie, and I looked damn cute– as I’m sure you do, too! Acquaintances and even strangers decided it was appropriate to tell me I looked better with long hair and that I should grow it out. I should cut it short again…

      • Msmlg1979

        Did you tell them they sound better when they aren’t talking? And I do look damn cute! ;)

        • Aleria Snow

          You can’t fix stupid not even with duct tape, but it sure does improve the volume.

    • Pickwicknext

      I can’t pull off anything shorter than shoulder length. If it doesn’t have enough weight, when humid, my hair looks like an electrocuted poodle

      • Jenny

        Same. My hair is naturally wavy. I have to keep it long.

      • Msmlg1979

        Some people can’t wear it, or love theirs long. Mine was waist-length when I graduated high school. Wouldn’t it be terribly boring if we all looked the same?

        • Pickwicknext

          Indeed. I need to go get the last of the straw-like parts cut out left over from when I bleached it and dyed it purple a couple of years ago

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Sometimes it’s the length of the neck, too. I usually look better with short hair, but with my short neck and big head, I need lots of volume whether short-or-long.

      • calliecallie

        Some years ago, I had my long-standing hair stylist cut 10 inches off my locks so I could donate them, just like the little cutie from the Walmart bathroom. Sadly, I did not look as cute with such short hair, which, like yours, became instant poodle hair. (Previously, my hair had been more like a golden retriever’s.) I did not get a hair cut after that for a year. I started wearing big earrings and always carried a handbag because women were coming on to me. I stopped seeing that stylist. Now my hair is long and I always wear it up in a twist. I go to Bo-rics maybe twice a year for a trim. I’d love to get it cut shorter, but I’m afraid. This Walmart controversy does nothing to ease my fear. Thanks a lot, wingnuts!

        • Celtic_Gnome

          I had a fifteen-inch ponytail that I donated to Locks of Love. Lesbians didn’t come on to me, but I think the beard had something to do with it.

          When I retired last year, the first thing I did was stop going to the barbershop.

    • Kavefish

      dat’s whack.

      (er… their response, that is.)

    • Blank Ron

      My youngest usually wears her hair quite short, and tends towards petite. I have no idea whether she’s ever been hassled about it, but she can do the Wednesday Addams stare REALLY well, so maybe that prevents… difficulties.

      • Msmlg1979

        It’s been a long time since I heard any negative feedback. Mostly, I get compliments, and questions from women who have thought about cutting their own short.

    • AngryBlakGuy

      …if I may jump in? There there are 2 types of men!

      1) THE FUCK HEAD SHITSICLE: this is the assclown that calls you a “boy” after you cut your hair. They will often make “off the cuff comments” about how “less attractive” you are now. #FuckThemWithARustyChainsaw

      2) The respectful husband/boyfriend with their own opinion: My wife has literally shaved her head 3 times, to “start over”. I don’t love her any less for it, I just sincerely loved her long hair. I tease her about it as much as she teases(mercilessly) my new tubby stomach.

      I guess what I’m saying is, pretty please don’t confuse these misogynistic men that don’t respect women and their choices and the FUCK HOLES that find anyway to to denigrate someone with XX chromosomes

      • Msmlg1979

        I have no issue confusing the two. When I discuss issues of sexism, and feminism, I’m not going to spend time making sure all men are comfortable or don’t feel included in what I’m saying. I know no group is a monolith. Men know how they are treating the women they encounter, how they feel about women in their private thoughts, and they are aware if they are the type of men I am speaking of, or not.

        • AngryBlakGuy

          …???

    • Skeptical_thinker
  • rosenbomb

    “Seriously, people! So quick to believe?”

    Yeah, that’s YOU GUYS. So quick to believe the “reasoning” behind the Right’s transphobia, despite no evidence of a trans individual assaulting a cis individual in a bathroom, EVER. *headdesk*

    • Because it’s so hard to believe a busybody wingnut would do something like this, especially after the video of the woman with 12 kids just yesterday.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Always projection with these assholes. Always.

  • Master Contrail Program

    This sort of thing would never happen at Chuck Berry’s restaurant, or at least it would have been filmed.

  • freakishlystrong

    Maybe not off the planet, but definitely outta this dumb ass country, full of brainwashed, pinwheel eyed zealots, passing judgement.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Don’t you get it, libtards!? The wingnuts are being persecuted! How are they supposed to maintain a sense of superiority over people they deem deviant if those people can’t be openly discriminated against!? It’s not libety!

    • Jenny

      Just lots of tranny!

  • arglebargle

    She is adorable. Long hair, short hair, whatever.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I must agree.

    • Debbies are like snowflakes

      As my daughters would say, she is “totes adorbs”!

    • I’m a sucker for freckles.

      • Kavefish

        Likewise, also.

        • Blank Ron

          Moi aussi. The g/f is an Irish. Yow!

  • Michael Smith

    Perceived persecution from the secular West has persuaded many groups to go on the offensive – but these groups have also been active in spreading their persecution complex through propaganda. Their message? That anyone who feels their “natural” or “traditional” position in society slipping away can blame the loss on foreign ideologies, imported by amoral infidels who seek to undermine the entire society, preparing its original dominators for enslavement.

    This “blame the other” strategy for political mobilization is as old as it is effective. Soon, individuals with no real association with centralized right-wing groups have felt emboldened to take individual action that they perceive as being in line with the general cause of resistance to “modernity.”

    [Note: The above two paragraphs can be used either to describe ISIS and the various individual terrorists who have claimed a questionable connection to the group, or to American conservatives and individuals that engage in bigotry on their behalf. I didn’t have time to write two different descriptions.]

    • FauxAntocles

      No need for two descriptions…

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Agreed. They’re both trying to maintain or reassert control by hucksters.

  • Scooby

    The only way we can be sure they are not transgender and Christian is if the show up with 12+ kids. Then we know they are OK!

    • bubbuhh

      12 kids might indicate they spent a lot of time in truck stop bath rooms.

  • FlownOver

    If we can get al of the nuttersl to spend full time on their bathroom vigilante project maybe we could just lock them in and build new bathrooms for the rational among us.

    • Pickwicknext

      Are we eventually cutting off the water?

      • FlownOver

        Maybe – with votes.

        Actually no, with both input and output equipment available they can keep busy doing the only thing they do well.

      • Kavefish

        To save the environment. Yes. That’s it…

  • peekay

    I think the answer is to install cameras in all bathrooms to avoid misunderstandings like this in the future.

    • bubbuhh

      Probably put the surveillance TV in the hallway right outside beside the door?

    • bupkus23

      Sure, nothing bad could happen then, right?

      • peekay

        Denis Hastert would agree.

    • SessileRaptor

      My library has had cameras in the bathrooms since it opened 10 years ago. They can’t see the stalls or urinals, just the entrance and sink area. It’s a large urban library with something of a history of people doing drug deals and such in any unattended corner, so when they built the new building increased security was high on the list of needs. They checked with both the city attorney and ACLU before installing them and got the OK from both, the only bit of fuckery was that the ACLU advised them to put up signs informing people of the cameras, but they didn’t. Now 10 years later they changed course after a few complaints and are putting up the signs.

      • Thaumaturgist

        You must be in the Midwest. Selling drugs in bathrooms is pervasive. No trouble finding an all night gas station but don’t expect the gas station to keep its bathrooms open all night.

  • bubbuhh

    So, the lesson here is that if you want to sneak into the ladies peepee places you should don one of those ball caps with a pony tail sticking out the back. Maybe, also buy a monkey and dress it up after shaving it.

    If you want sneek into the mens terlit, looking like an anime character would probably work.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Interestingly enough, absolutely no one wants to sneak into the men’s room.

  • Vegan and Tiara

    Ugggh…this is my nightmare! Being a Dyke-American I am frequently mistaken for a man. Usually it’s by people who just glance at me and see that I have short hair and no makeup, and I’m tall. Once they look at me a little closer they say “oh, sorry.” I’m never offended, but this latest ginned up panic is probably going to lead to me getting into a fist fight with somebody at some point. I hope it’s a woman at least. Sigh…

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      If it happens in AZ, I got yer back.

      • Vegan and Tiara

        Thanks! I try to stay the heck out of Arizona and Texas, but you never know…

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          The new chief of police in Tucson-where I live-is an openly gay man. Good guy too. There are pockets of sanity.

          • Pickwicknext

            Pockets of Sanity! New band name, I called it!

          • nmmagyar

            Tucson is the only pocket of good in that hellhole of a state

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Flagstaff is good…if you can tolerate the hippies.

          • nmmagyar

            Patchouli is what Satan’s taint smells like; so, that’s a no in my book. But it’s better than Sedona, where rich people pretend to be hippies for the weekend.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            NOTHING is worse than Sedona. I want to beat myself to death with crystals and decompose in the middle of a sweat lodge healing ceremony just driving through there.

          • Objectifer

            Bisbee libulz!

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I think all those elderly snowbirds are what did Arizona in. We need to start some kind of “elder panic” so that old, white people could see what it’s like to be feared and loathed. It might make them a bit more empathetic to others. Of course, it could just make them more ornery!

          • nmmagyar

            Yuma is just a graveyard waiting room

          • theCryptofishist

            Hey, you stole him! He’s my police chief!

    • Mimihaha

      Pepper spray can be your friend. Especially the stuff that also sprays a dye that shows up under blacklight.

      • Vegan and Tiara

        I’ve never carried it before, but I’m seriously thinking about getting some.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          I carry a pink one on my keyring. Some of my “Good Christian” neighbors have voiced their objections to my presence.

          • therblig

            i have a pink one that i sometimes take on early AM bike rides – it was the only color they had, and i actually bought it because i was riding through rail-to-trails train tunnels and worried i might run into a bear. or a drunk. or a “good christian”.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I had a choice of pink or black. I wanted to be visible, and make a statement.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I can’t wait until the day I can move to California.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I’m stuck here for the foreseeable future.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            Where’s “here?”

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Southern Colorado.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I thought Colorado was kind of cool. I honestly don’t know too much about Colorado, other than Aspen is pricey, and pot is legal.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Colorado is mixed, and I’m stuck in a country/Redneck town.

    • SnarkOff

      Wait — I always thought you were a gay man! Even your Internet persona confuses me.

      • Vegan and Tiara

        Ha! That’s a mistake that’s frequently made on the Internet, and in person. My best friend is a gay man who’s in love with me, and calls me his “gentleman caller.” I like building stuff, but I also like really nice clothes and shoes, so I’m a bit of an enigma. I’m a lesbian trapped in a gay man’s body!!!!
        I hope that helps explain me. :-)

        • SnarkOff

          That is the perfect combo of traits IMHO. I am a straight woman but often feel like I should have been a gay man, so…

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I’d be perfectly happy to let gay men run the world. As long as they weren’t gross Log Cabin Republicans.

  • Michael Smith

    I think girls with short hair are highly attractive. Does that make me gay?

    OH MY GOD AM I GAY

    • arglebargle

      I’m growing my hair out and the wife loves it. DID I MARRY A LESBIAN?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Steeped in gayness! Too late now. Just move to San Francisco and get a loft already.

      • rosenbomb

        For the low, low price of $4000 a month

        • Blank Ron

          How much for one with its own bathroom?

      • theCryptofishist

        No, San Francisco is no longer for the gayz. It is for the techies.
        (The building I work in is on the same block as the new Linked-In building, across the street from Riverbed and Macy’s.com, and within spitting distance of Yelp==which is in a gorgeous old telephone building.)

    • mancityfooty .

      If what you say is true, then…crap. I guess I get to have an extremely awkward conversation with the wife tonight.

    • GeminiCricket

      Gender-indentity confusion is now rippling around herr wonkette…thanks!?#%@!!

      • Nockular cavity

        Oh god I don’t know where to pee now THANKS ALOT LIBRULLS!!!

      • theCryptofishist

        Herr Wonkette! I thought it was Fraulein!

    • Msmlg1979

      *preens* Yes, we are! No, you aren’t!

  • folderol

    I think we should bring back codpieces and made them mandatory for those with junk up front. Codpiece: guy; no codpiece: not guy. Making moral judgments wouldn’t be such a guessing game. I really hate not being sure if I’m condemning the right sort of person.

    • Master Contrail Program

      I’m going with the Cameo version. “Word up! It’s the code word. Now matter where you say it you know that you’ll be heard!”

    • Robyn Ryan

      Might be a good alternative to waving other penis enhancers around.

      • theCryptofishist

        The fringe is a particularly nice touch.

    • cynmac

      Eldridge Cleaver or GTFO.

      • theCryptofishist

        I once watched him give one hell of a cussing out to someone over a parking space, iirc.

        • berkeleyfarm

          In his later days he was my BFF’s next door neighbor and introduced himself politely when she moved in, and told her what day the garbage pickup was.

          • theCryptofishist

            Monday?

  • peekay

    I’m sure Prissy McHomophobe will come forward, admit her error and apologize to Aimée Toms.

    • bupkus23

      At this point, I couldn’t care less about Prissy – it’s those shithole denialist “Internet Comment Detective Bureau” guys, trying to run down Toms because they’re so safe in their anonymous commenting batcaves that they can say anything that occurs in their filthy, demented bigot brains…

      It’s a GOOD thing that Wonkette doesn’t allow comments!

  • Thaumaturgist

    “Deranged liberal social justice warrior?” What does commenting on Wonkette have to do with the bathroom war?

    • Oblios_Cap

      They say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • MrBlobfish

    I really have to start studying for my Jamaican citizenship.

    • nmmagyar

      How much studying is there in “smoking massive amounts of pot”?

      • Jenny

        Lots of research

        • nmmagyar

          I guess they could judge by how quickly you can tell the difference between Indica and Setiva

      • MrBlobfish

        It’s more complicated. Your ackee and saltfish has to pass a panel of judges.

        • nmmagyar

          I make a mean jerk seasoning (not that kind you pervs), I hope that counts for something. But I hate saltfish.

          • MrBlobfish

            I made jerk chicken for the first time around Xmas time. Grilled it for 4 hours. I made three dozen legs thinking I’d have some leftovers for lunch. I was left with a pile of bones. I was told it was fantastic.

          • nmmagyar

            3 dozen legs? That feeds two people, right?

    • Mimihaha

      You know it’s almost required for you to go around beating up people you think might be gay in Jamaica, right?

      • MrBlobfish

        Yes, they do have a pretty fucked up attitude towards homosexuals, but at least I get a tropical paradise.

  • nmmagyar

    Any woman named after Aimee Mann can do no wrong in my book

    • Msmlg1979

      I love her.

  • Oblios_Cap

    This country has always had a large segment of the population that is bugfuck insane. Now it’s just considered permissible to show it to strangers if one has deeply-held religious beliefs.

    • Thaumaturgist

      Just because I’m bugfuck insane doesn’t mean I’m Jesus special moral marshal.

    • bupkus23

      And if you don’t hold religious beliefs deeply, you can always display your insanity by claiming you refuse to be politically correct.

      We cannot win. It’s “Idiocracy” and “The Marching Morons” already…

    • FauxAntocles

      I think you meant “deeply-held” “religious” “beliefs”…

    • SnarkOff

      It’s the fucking Internet.

      • Thaumaturgist

        No it’s not the fucking Internet; it’s the fucking church. We had bugfuck insane people In this country long before we had the Internet.

        • SnarkOff

          No, I know; it’s just that the Internet gave them this huge, monolithic voice.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            The Internet is a “many to many” means of electronic communication, unlike the old “few to many” of radio and television. So, naturally, it gets the credit and the blame. But the crazy has been with us for some time…it’s just now that one of the major parties has embraced it in order to advance their agenda of privilege for very few at the expense of the many with plenty of diversion.

          • SnarkOff

            Back in the good old pre-Internet days when I worked at newspapers and actually made a living at it, we got zillions of crazy screeds from wingnuts, often written in cramped block letters on pages and pages of lined notebook paper. We would read these batshit letters-to-the editor, sometimes aloud, shake our heads, and then throw them out. The Internet has given each one of these lunatics a pulpit from which to shout out the crazy. That, in turn, attracts all of the likeminded lunatics, who find strength in numbers. I miss the days of media gatekeepers. The world was equally crazy, but cooler heads kept a lid on it.

          • Thaumaturgist

            The huge monolith voice used to be described as “Jim Crow”. Didn’t need no internet for that.

          • SnarkOff

            And yet the Jim Crow laws were eventually shut down, even if the wingnuts bitched about it. Thanks to the Internet, Jim Crow is currently the GOP front-runner.

  • eric

    These laws are designed to force transgendered people to out themselves. Its their only purpose. These lawmakers dont want trans people to have peace or be able to blend in. The christian right will always find new ways to punish trans people. Next it will be a fight over trans people in changing rooms.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Republicans love humiliating those they perceive as powerless.

      • nmmagyar

        Ding Ding Ding

    • Thaumaturgist

      I see these laws as intimidation designed to keep transgenders from outing themselves.

      • eric

        How do you figure? If they are a Trans female who has to suddenly start using the male bathroom at work that’s “outing” her

        • Calli Arcale

          I think he’s got a point. They really want the transgenders to be invisible, because this sort of thing puts them in an obvious no win situation. If a transman can’t legally enter the men’s room, he’ll have to use the women’s, where he will be harassed and possibly even attacked for being a man in the women’s room. Obviously that leaves him nowhere he can safely use the bathroom, except at home. Out of sight. Which is where they actually want people who don’t conform, I suspect.

          • eric

            Which means it’s impossible to stay hidden. You can’t always rush home or to a neighboring business’ bathroom. At some point you have to use the bathroom of the sex you were born with or risk being arrested.

          • Calli Arcale

            You’re assuming the bill is rational and humane in its intent, and seeks to accommodate transgender identities in any way. It isn’t and it doesn’t.
            The people behind this sort of stuff don’t want trans people to out themselves. They want them to stop being trans. They labor under the delusion that this is a simple thing — that the transman can just start wearing a dress, dammit, and calling himself she again, the way she was born, or a transwoman can put on some pants and get a haircut, and that this is all as simple as that. They do not care about the emotional pain and turmoil that this would cause; as far as they’re concerned, if it hurts a transperson to have to revert to their “birth gender”, then that’s cosmic justice. And you can tell them about the fluidity of gender, or the number of people born with *ambiguous* gender until you are blue in the face, and they will not care. They are firm in their conviction that there are only two genders, and God decided which one you’d be, so as far as they’re concerned, the whole concept of transgender is the problem, and if they had their druthers, it wouldn’t be legal to change your gender.

          • eric

            I do not assume it’s rational or humane in any way! Just the opposite in fact. It forces Trans women to use men’s rooms at clubs and bars and other places drunken Bros go. It forces women into the bathroom with stupid drunk frat Bros and the like. The bill is as far from rational or humane as you can get.

          • theCryptofishist

            Shit, if I were in North Carolina, and trans, I think I’d just keep going to the bathroom that matched my gender.

            Assuming I passed, of course. As a kinda sideways gender-queer, I may be in more danger peeing in that great state. Of course, now that my body doesn’t have much leg, I may have entered a whole ‘nother gender state. I don’t know.

          • Thaumaturgist

            “Invisibility” is the essence of what I was trying to express.

          • nmmagyar

            “Silenced” is my take

          • Amy!

            Just before his flameout, speaking during the leadup to voting in the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz flatly admitted as much. “Those people” need to stay out of public bathrooms. Tfu.

        • Thaumaturgist

          it’s close but I lean towards punishment for public disclosure of Trans status. (In the Murca I grew up in, there either weren’t any Trans or they concealed it.)

          • Amy!

            I think, honestly, that the intention at least of the NC law (I live in NC) is to encourage harassment of anyone violating gender presentation norms. A conformist society is what they’re after. If that requires holding down some longhair to cut his hair off (like Mitt did), they’re happy to see that person pay that price. Harassment and intimidation, targeting people who’ve begun to think that society is willing to accept, or at least not attack, increased diversity.

    • Mimihaha

      The only purpose of these laws is the scared stupid people into voting Republican.

    • Calli Arcale

      I’ve started to think it’s more than that. It’s laying the groundwork to protect the bullies who enforce social conformity. Maybe not intentionally, or at least not *consciously*, but that is what is happening. These people do not see themselves as bullies, of course. They see themselves as defenders of the culture. But I’m sure Saudi Arabia’s religious police don’t see themselves as evil either.

      • Vegan and Tiara

        Good point!

      • Robyn Ryan

        The return of the Inquisition.

        • BigBoppa

          I wasn’t expecting that.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Myself, I had no choice but to come Out, publicly. It was that, or die. So, I wear being different like armor. I get stares, some verbal harassment, but – it’s a Good Day to Die.

      I worry about my sisters and brothers that are more vulnerable than me, though. I’m ready and able to fight, but many others are not.

      • Biff52

        It just pisses me off that you have to fight.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Thank you. :)

          I haven’t yet, anyway. Posture and height help.

    • Kavefish

      Or, simply, trans people breathing air.

      ex: “It’s been in their lungs and now it’ll infect the rest of us.”

    • Robyn Ryan

      It’s also an excuse to harass women who don’t look ‘feminine’ enough to suit a busybody.

  • JackLinks
  • Wow, the right-wing politicians and pundits in the media really have their fingers on the pulse of Hate-Em-All ‘Murica, brainwashing/conditioning/training/programming the simplest minded denizens with tales of imagined enemies, worst-case scenarios, and what they call “abnormality” and “unnaturalness” lurking around every corner waiting to leap out and destroy all that is moral and good.

    What Assholes. Republican fear, anger, hatred, and vengeance mongering has usurped patriotism and reason.

    I think it’s time we start yelling at abnormal Republican nutjobs for occupying UNDESERVED positions of power in government. Better yet, throw them out because them fuckers don’t belong in there!

    • Vegan and Tiara

      As a 55 year old I have watched this country get increasingly insane. It’s sad that the people who SHOULD know better (Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, Walker, Cantor, Graham, McCain, etc…) just go along with the increasing insanity, because they know they won’t get re-elected if they don’t. You think they’d give a flying fuck about America, and be willing to fall on their sword, but they don’t. McCain had a brief moment of sanity in 2008 (when he knew he was losing) when he told that crazy woman that Obama wasn’t a communist Muslin, born in Kenya, who would destroy America with gayness.

      • freakishlystrong

        We’re the same age and I despair for this country daily. Were it not for my pretend internet friends, I’d be in a coma of sad.

        • Vegan and Tiara

          Same here! Luckily my real life friends are also pretty much all Democrats. I do have a few Republican friends (and my entire family), but I try not to talk politics with them.

    • bupkus23

      “abnormal Republican nutjobs”??? I think you’re being triply redundant there….

      • Yeah, “Republican” is enough… I stand corrected :)

        • theCryptofishist

          No, I’m on the “leave it in” side. A good rant uses words recklessly, extravagantly, lovingly, exuberantly… And so on.

  • JustPixelz

    The astonishing power of hair!

    Samson lost his strength when he lost his hair. (Like me!)
    Various fundamentalists demand women to cover their hair.
    Wrong length = wrong gender.
    Clogs drains ALL THE TIME!

    • GeminiCricket

      They should write a rock opera about Hair…don’t you think?

      • Jenny

        Probably get that singer that won’t do that for love to parade around in it too.

      • Rick Hill

        Yeah, but what would they call it?

        • Kavefish

          How about: “Cuticle Strands”?

          That’s catchy, right?

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Enhanced protein strings

        • Lance Thrustwell

          “Ziegfeld Follicles”?

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I can’t decide on a “ba dum tish” or a “groan.”

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Well, “Roots” was already taken.

          • Rick Hill

            You’re on a roll…try for one more.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Nah, I’ll just cut it short.

          • Rick Hill

            Ok, I’ll give you a wave g’bye.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            Permanently?

          • Rick Hill

            Curl-rect.

          • pstockholm

            Leaving? Parting is such sweet sorrow.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            OK, now you’re getting a GROAN!!!!!

        • shastakoala

          Dream Curls?

        • nmmagyar

          Keratin Tubes

      • DantesE

        “a home for the fleas a hive for the buzzing bees there ain’t no words there ain’t no words for the beauty the wonder and the splendor of my hair”

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …I have worked in retail management for several years and I can recall 3 incidents very similar to this. All three times involved women complaining that there is a “man” in the women’s restroom. Only to find out that it’s actually females who prefer to wear more masculine clothing. Leave it to the GOP to create a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist!!!

    • Vegan and Tiara

      Years ago I was walking into a bathroom at a country club in Pennsylvania. I’ve always had short hair, and on this day I had cut off overalls and a pair of brogues on. A woman said “HEY, this is the ladies room! Oops…sorry, I thought you were a man.”

      She was heavyset and had on a very large floral print dress. I was DYING to say “Oh, that’s OK, because I thought you were a couch!” It was absolutely KILLING me not to say that to her, but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, and I figured she’d made an honest mistake, so no point in being mean.

      • AlasAnAss

        All the points of fisting up for your self-control and kindness.

        • Vegan and Tiara

          My tongue was numb from having to hold it back forcefully with my teeth.

          • AlasAnAss

            I don’t doubt it. Still, though, better angels of your nature and all that?

          • Vegan and Tiara

            Exactly!

      • Robyn Ryan

        You do have the right to draw yourself up, flare your nostrils, stare at her in shock and disgust and either sniff contemptuously or proclaim: ‘some people’, ‘I never’, ‘how rude’ or some other antique phrase of umbrage.

        • Vegan and Tiara

          If I was a good actress, I could have just burst into tears, which might have made her feel really bad.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        You could’ve just sat on her, stretched out, taken your shoes off, and poured yourself a drink.

        • Vegan and Tiara

          Don’t think the thought didn’t cross my mind. :-)

      • Biff52

        No point in being mean? Sheesh, do you fail at America…

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Dang, I startled the cat!

    • Thaumaturgist

      An indirect benefit of this legislation is to punish people who do not conform to Christian standards of public expression, in clothing or otherwise, whether they are trans or not.

      • theCryptofishist

        Feature, not bug.

    • Jay Vaughn

      When I worked at the theater a woman came to complain about a “man” in the restroom. However the person she reported it to was the woman who was “coughing like a man”. She didn’t get a refund on the tickets.

  • coozledad

    It occurs to me that the war against trans people hasn’t only been scrapped together from old Jim Crow propaganda, it also taps into the resentment of old bastards for the young. because all them young people has a weird look to ’em. like they was in their sexual prime or somethin’.

  • Republicans are the real sex deviants and perverts! They spend so much time in other people’s bathrooms and bedrooms. They are the ones who need to be followed, yelled at and kicked out wherever they go.

  • Treg.Brown

    One of the challenges with all these trans bills is that people think the trans population is so small they can bully them with hateful legislature with impunity. They always forget that the majority of people in the US while not trans are actually human beings with empathy and support the trans community.

    • Kavefish

      Weird how that works.

    • Robyn Ryan

      If we refuse to teach our children Humanities, how will they learn to be humane? Democracy demands educated citizens.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Democracy is the last thing fundies want. They hate it.

        • Blank Ron

          Yup. They want a theocracy, and they want to be the ones running the Inquisition.

          • nmmagyar

            They seem to want “Majority Rules” until the majority votes against them. Weird, isn’t it?

      • handyhippie65

        religion demands ignorant ones.

    • JustPixelz

      Recent poll on this has clear majority of Americans (38-57%) opposed to “bathroom” bills. Among Republicans it’s tied: 48-48% which is kinda surprising.

      A large majority (75-23%) favor equal protection laws for transgendered. Even among Republicans (60-38%).

      http://pollingreport.com/civil.htm

      • Treg.Brown

        Thanks!

      • Blank Ron

        And when has today’s GOP given two farts in a snowstorm what their actual constituencies want?

  • Donkey Option

    I’m surprised this happened in CT but Danbury is kind of a shitty place. And, well, Walmart. But seriously – still getting shit for having short hair as a woman in 2016? Really? Like, I guess guys who you turn down, because they are assholes in general and just say shit because the only reason why you could possibly not want to be with them is that you’re gay, not that they are assholes. I am actually shocked that anyone gives women with short hair shit in 2016.

    • Calli Arcale

      I know! I mean, short hair on women was shocking like a century ago. It certainly isn’t now.
      I’m like this gal, in that I often dress for comfort, and I do regular hair donations. My last was a year ago, so my hair is shoulder-length again (it grows fast). I was lucky enough not to get ever get crap for my short hair.

    • nmmagyar

      But isn’t that where the famous “Letter to Danbury Baptist” came from?

  • Swampay

    You MUST listen to the last minute or so, from about 7:10. She curses her adversary in absolutely THE BEST Rules for Radicals outburst you’ll ever hear.

    “I hope you fall in a pit and every ice cream cone you ever get for the rest of your life drops in to the dirt and they don’t have any more of your flavor. I hope every pie you ever get in your life turns upside down and lands on the floor. I hope every piece of toast you ever get lands butter side down. I hope every dog you ever get hates you and likes the rest of your family more. And that every person you ever meet treats you the same way you treated me or that you treat any transgender person I don’t wish death on people, I don’t wish illness on people I believe in Karma. However I will wish you the misfortune and the disrespect that you hand out to come straight back to you. Because you deserve nothing good in this world if that’s how you’re going to treat another human being in this world.
    And that’s it.”

    • marxalot

      May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your crotch. May you always find the missing Lego the hard way. May your become allergic to your favorite food. May you consistently lose your car keys despite having just had them five minutes ago. May your new medication prevent you from drinking. May you have hangnails all the days of your life.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        May the Hulk bash you out of the frame.

      • mancityfooty .

        “May your new medication prevent you from drinking.”
        Remind me to never piss you off.

      • Creepoman

        You just described Tuesday for me.

      • nightmoth

        May you lose all your pairs of glasses on the same day.
        (Because I couldn’t see, it was a week before I found any)

        • Swampay

          I order them in bulk (reading glasses), a half dozen pairs at a time. I’m old enough to remember the Sanford and Son bit where Redd Foxx needs glasses and goes to the glasses drawer and pulls out a big mass of tangled glasses and shakes out a few pair to try on before he finds a pair that he likes. Who knew that I would be that guy some day?

        • handyhippie65

          been there. what’s worse is stepping on them while looking for them. did that too.

  • Msmlg1979

    I would also like to add that nearly all sexual assaults, along with narrowly avoided sexual assaults, go unreported, and that doesn’t make them any less real either.

    • Blank Ron

      Yes, it does!
      – every douchebro and MRA, ever

  • Donkey Option

    One more point about this happening in CT – there is no way in HELL we’d ever have a law like the one in NC. We were one of the first states in the country to allow gay marriage. If any of our legislators even proposed it, it would be DOA. We are one of the few states with a blue state legislature, both our senators are Democrats, and all our Congresscritters are Democrats. And even our Republicans tend toward being selfish money people, not crazy Religious people (maybe the lady at Walmart was from out of state?) So, I’m happy to be in state with no risk of a law like that being passed.

    • SnarkOff

      Yes, I will confess that when I saw that it was in Danbury I thought, “Wait, really?”

      Connecticut is one of the bluest states in the nation. There are a few Republicans there, but they’re mostly the rich finance a-holes in Greenwich and thereabouts. And the .01 percent not only couldn’t give a rat’s ass about trans people, they would NEVER be in a Walmart.

    • pstockholm

      Even the state motto is trans-friendly.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      After becoming Governor, John Kasich got anti-union laws passed that were worse than Wisconsin’s. In the next election, an issue was put on the ballot to rescind those laws. The petitions to rescind the laws got more signatures than he got votes when he won the governorship. Since then, he’s been very wary of riling folks up. He killed a Right To Work bill in 2013 because he was afraid it would lead to a similar reaction in 2014 when he was running for reelection, and he recently worked to quash a bathroom bill similar to NC’s.

  • SnarkOff

    The bright spot in all of this transgender-potty fury is that at least it has distracted the wingnuts from their other pet issues. We should use this time to our advantage by passing gun control laws and overturning all of the various local anti-choice rulings.

  • “You don’t belong in here, you freak!”
    “You don’t belong in my COUNTRY, you fucking moron.”

  • Rick Hill

    She looks awesomely cute. Can’t see who would say otherwise or even feel as though they should just say so to a stranger. That’d be like me saying to folks like this when I pass them on the street : “You know it’s improper flag etiquette to wear those shirts as well as an insult to the country and the men and women who died for our freedom? Not to mention how ugly you both are, why not wear a bag over your face while you’re in public to spare us all from seeing you?”
    (Ok, so taht sounds pretty lame. I don’t get much actual practice doing the insults.)

    • Michael Rush

      I have a pet peeve with the flag , most people who use it to make a statement are like someone telling you how smart they are ( which smart people don’t do ) or how huge their penis is .How American are these three ? Not very American at all . Nice try assholes .

      • Rick Hill

        Me, too. I have a friend(sic) at a job site he pulled out one of those collapsing chairs…with the flag on it. I told him he was putting his ass on our flag. He, lamely, claimed it was a gift to him.

      • Thaumaturgist

        Waving the flag is a sign of personal honor, decency and virtue, tied to American Exceptionalism. You don’t waive the flag, you’re less of an American. Also too, you’re indecent, dishonorable and at least passively evil.

        Waiving the Bible works the same way. Waive one, you waive the other.

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          By all means, wave the flag, but quit cutting it up for your clothing.

      • Hutch

        I have major issues with folks displaying flags in the rain, in the dark, hanging them incorrectly, et al. I have a flag that I put out on patriotic days, and my neighbor–a RWNJ if there ever was one–remarked that I actually take my flag in at night. I said, well, I don’t have a light on it. She had NO idea what I was talking about. Some patriot. Can’t even be bothered to learn how to display the flag properly.

        And, hey, you kids get off my lawn!

        • Villago Delenda Est

          I get steamed about flag etiquette as well. Also, too, kids on my lawn.

    • DantesE

      do not ask them if they know defacing public property is a crime and they should be arrested for being on the sidewalk. The ones with confederate flags get really shouty. A friend told me.

    • bupkus23

      Isn’t that that crazy Texas School Board candidate on the left, whatshername, Mary Lou something-or-other? That woman needs top wear a paper bag over her brain, it’s so ugly….

      • Villago Delenda Est

        All three of them need to be exiled to Siberia.

  • “It didn’t happen, and we need laws to prevent it!”

    • Vegan and Tiara

      Well, voter fraud COULD happen, so we better enact laws that will disenfranchise tens of thousands of people…just in case.

      Now I’ve personally never had a transgender person sexually assault me, or even try to flirt with me, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

      • If they’re going to pass bathroom laws, they should just forbid people from making eye contact or small talk. That’s something that actually does happen to me in public restrooms.

        • marxalot

          I vote we just impose the Caves of Steel social protocols and call it a day.
          Don’t talk to me while I’m peeing! It’s weird!

          • shastakoala

            A list of restroom etiquette tacked to the inside of every stall door. But that’s assuming these bigoted assholes can read.

          • theCryptofishist

            Electronic innovation means that we will soon have talking signs in every stall, anyway.

          • Aquaria

            Only exception: “Would you pass me some toilet paper? I’m out over here.”

        • Vegan and Tiara

          Also, why are women constantly changing their baby’s diapers in restrooms???? Hnggh? Why am I forced to look at genitalia, frequently even babby boy genitalia, which really offends my delicate sensibilities. Why aren’t babbies forced to shit in the woods, as God and the Pope intended????? Outlaw BABBIES!!!!!!

          • Amy!

            Upfisted, but …

            Donna Rose LIBELZ!!!

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I know, I thought about DR. My work around on that one is that only babbies born AFTER DR have to go shit in the woods.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I expect Sinead to get ON THIS, ASAP, man!

  • chiefkurtz

    ‘Suck my dick!’ is an appropriate response.

  • marxalot

    I believe her. Even back when I was practicing/presenting as more female, with short hair but really obvious secondary sex characteristics (34 Fs are not easy to hide under anything less than hockey gear), I got sir’d on a regular basis. And I got “this is the ladies’ room” pretty frequently, too.

  • Bill Slider

    The take away is, the next time I enter a public bathroom to pee, I should demand to see everyone’s dick before I expose myself to those faux trans people. Got it.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I wonder if one-time-fairly-popular AOR combo Nelson will have the opposite problem?

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    A friend of mine has a twin sister who is-by most societal biases-the most masculine looking woman I have ever known. Deep voice, built like a brick shithouse, strong as an ox, profane (funny as a bastard, generous, kindhearted as well). She also happens to be happily married to a man, for decades…they’re all touchy and snugly with each other. I mean, I don’t actually know her sexual orientation…which is kind of the point, I guess. Who gives a fuck?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Right? Women have a lot more socially-agreed-upon freedom to act and dress like they want without anyone questioning their ‘essential’ femininity. It’s not 100% – as our current example helps demonstrate – but it’s a lot more flexible than it is for men.

      But anyway, it should be 100% freedom for both. Make things simple, I say.

      • Msmlg1979

        That’s true, but it also goes back to femininity being viewed as lesser and weak. If a man emulates women in any way, he’s a “pussy” or a “fag” because it’s shameful to be like women.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          I know! And it really doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, does it? All these ‘shameful’ qualities suddenly morph into desirable ones… when they’re in the body of a woman. Magic!

          • Msmlg1979

            But that’s sexual desire. Those same traits are suddenly less desirable in a woman when she wants to be, say, a police officer.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Oh, I meant socially-desirable ones. They’re sexually desirable as well, of course, at least to some straight fellas I know {cough}, but that’s the part that actually is magic.

          • Msmlg1979

            We’re gonna have a hard time living in sin as planned if you aren’t straight. We’ll have to be bank robbers or something. ;)

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Hopelessly straight here. Especially for a girl with a pretty eye.

          • Msmlg1979

            Thank you. Sin back on!

    • theCryptofishist

      Oh, that strong as an ox line makes me want to make a freemartin joke.

      But I don’t know any, and I’m afraid that it would have the wrong effect.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Interestingly enough, every man in GoT can tell Brienne’s a woman from twenty paces, and she’s in armor.

  • Rick Hill

    “She knows there are no cameras in the restroom. She does not report it to the Walmart management,”

    Well, now that shows what the problem is right there. Let’s get a lwa placing a camera in every bathroom in America. I’m sure we can make a tax to pay for it and republicans will support it. Same way those family values folks will volunteer to monitor them…for our safety, of course.

    • Belasaurius

      Chuck Berry will probably volunteer to monitor them

      • Ghenghis McCann

        It’s a good way to let criminals give something back to society.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      And a camera in every pot would so not be an invasion of privacy, which is what this whole dumbfuck issue is about,

  • Robyn Ryan

    Willful ignorance is the hallmark of the undereducated. Piss laws are dual purpose… religious tyrants have a free pass to threaten both transgender and ‘unfeminine’ women. We’re on the hibib highway to hell, folks,

  • docterry6973

    We need real proof here! Just like the bathroom bigots show real proof of trans ppl bathroom badness!

    Oh, right…

  • LeCafeAuLait

    I once had a man follow me into a bathroom in a bar, so that’s absolutely a thing that happens. Never yet noticed, much less been assaulted by, a trans person. Probably because, you know, we’re in stalls and then washing our hands…I have better things to do than guess at everyone’s potential status.

    • cmd

      Really. The only thing that makes any kind of impression on me in a public bathroom is whether it is clean or yukky enough to make you hesitate to sit on the toilet….and usually the only time I even look at other people is if there is a line so that they are standing right in front of me. I don’t go out of my way to IGNORE people, just really am not paying attention because if I am in a public restroom it is because I really need to use the facilities….

    • Jenny

      I went with a friend (male) to a bar once. The female bathroom wasn’t open. I had to go get a key from the bartender.

      The male bathrooms were wide open.

  • Jay Vaughn

    If some Wal-mart lady thinks that gal is a man she might be denying some saphic tendencies.

  • Belasaurius

    In Texas, Aimee would have got shot.

    • limberrat

      In California, nothing would have happened, except maybe in our Little Texas – Kern County…Aimee might have been shot there

  • snigsy

    So many agendas, so little time.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The important thing is the genital-obsessed fundie fucktards will be heading to the polls to vote for Pat McCrory.

    Problem solved!

    • Msmlg1979

      Fucking themselves in the process, and not the way we like.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        They consistently vote against their own long term economic interest, mainly because they do not have the slightest fucking clue what their own long term economic interest is, because it’s better for the 1% that they don’t.

  • AlasAnAss

    I got no snark here. Just want to say that the Aimee Toms of the world make me not give up on this stupid world. Thank you, Aimee Toms of the world.

  • See what happens when you tell unqualified, untrained, prejudiced, low-informed citizens “If you see something, say something!” If you look for evil hard enough, with a mind full of fear, anger, hatred, and vengeance, you will eventually find it–real or (most likely) imagined or manufactured.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Then you have an education system that seems to seek to suppress, rather than develop, critical thinking skills, mainly because those who can critically think will question the established order and threaten those who have unearned privilege under the established order.

      • Thaumaturgist

        Historically, the purpose of the public school system that first appeared in the industrialized North following the Covil War was to give working class children just enough education to meet the demands of industry. The ultimate message was that you had to show up every day, on time, and shut up and listen. No one wants to a hire a troublemaker who’s going to ask all kinds of questions and join a union. Nor were the public schools intended to encourage such rebelliousness.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Then FDR happened, and things began to change. Fortunately, then Reagan happened, and we started on the long road to returning to the historical norm.

      • Aquaria

        Critical thinking isn’t taught to kids in schools because the kids come home and challenge everything the parents say. Whether liberal of conservative, the parents can’t stand the challenge to their authority.

    • wavicles

      Thanks Obama.

  • OddMan

    It seems that a significant percentage of people just have to hate something to have a reason to live.
    Welcome to the land of hate. If there is not something real to hate the GOP will fucking make up something to hate.

    And the really strange thing is the pundits, (I’m looking at you David Horowitz) will yell and scream that the hate they used to have for ‘the blacks’ is not real. Yeah right.

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Just don’t tase me brah!

    • Or as they say in England: Just don’t tase me bra!

      • H0mer0

        those underwires might cause a burn underneath

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Did the Target broodmare go down the street to Walmart?

    • Can Big Lots be next . .?

      • GeminiCricket

        They better not go messing with any women in the Tractor Supply restrooms…

        • cynmac

          Or Ace Hardware, which I prefer to the dreaded Home Depot.

        • MY SECRET SHAME:

          Tractor Supply is the best store EVER!

          Bass Pro Shop is also, too!

          • NationalGalleryofClipArt

            The Bass Pro Shop? Is that like a Four String Guitar Center?
            ***
            Flea: [comes in sock]

  • orygoon

    When I was a kid, I was what was then commonly called a tomboy. (Haven’t changed, but haven’t heard that label in some time.) I wanted to play the boy-type plays, hated dresses and hairstyling, all that kind of thing. I heard secondhand when I was in college that some people thought I was a lesbian, which kind of startled me, because no. But people who don’t know me might would still think that. My hair is shorter than Toms’, and I wear baseball hats always, to keep the sun and rain out of my eyes.

    “Tomboy” has kind of disappeared from our lexicon. I have taught some groups of little kids, and found, in these small sample sizes, that it’s really a pretty small minority of girls (who may or may not end up identifying as gay; I don’t have much follow-up data.) I’m kind of thinking we’re an under-recognized minority. Now I’m all nostalgic and will spend the morning thinking of Scout Finch, Jo March, and Arya Stark.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I was thinking of Scout the second I started reading your post.

      • orygoon

        At least she had Gregory Peck, and not a mother who really disapproved of everything. :)

        • H0mer0

          [mom only pretends to disapprove; she’s really saying “GO GIRL!” underneath it all.]

          • orygoon

            You clearly have not met my mother.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          The friend with the really short hair I mentioned in an earlier post told me she was a tomboy growing up. I also learned she had never seen “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I insisted she come over to watch it last week! She identified strongly with Scout.

        • Aquaria

          My mother was a total tomboy when she was kid, but she hated that I wasn’t a girly girl. I wasn’t exactly a tomboy, either, though. I guess I was a don’t care either way kid. I didn’t care if I wore dresses or pants. I didn’t care if I played with girls or boys. I didn’t care if my toys were masculine or feminine.

          The only thing I did hate was that she cut my fine, thin hair in a pixie to “make it look thicker.” I ended up looking exactly like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, and the movie was out at that time. I wanted different hair, so people would stop calling me Rosemary’s Baby.

          Actually, I mostly wanted everyone to leave me alone. I was always Garbo as a kid.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Oh, I don’t think ‘tomboy’ has disappeared. My daughter is one, and no one who’s heard me use that phrase to describe her has looked confused yet.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I think it’s regional, I hear people in Colorado say “Tomboy” regularly.

        • SDGeoff

          “Outdoors-y Gal”.

      • orygoon

        I stand corrected, and may your daughter be unaffected by the bathroom wars.

    • I was the same way. I was a “tomboy” (I prefer the term “normal girl), and my whole family thought I was a budding lesbian because of all of what you’ve described, plus I REALLY HATED DOLLS. I still do. They give me the creeps. I can’t believe how much crap I got for that.

    • Jenny

      Ha I had the lesbian rumor too. Not because I looked butch, but because I never had a boyfriend. That obviously meant a lesbian!!

      Reality was my home life was a disaster. A boyfriend would have meant more problems.

      • Aquaria

        I got the lesbian thing not over how I dressed, or looked, or the toys I played with or any of that.

        I got it because I was so dominating of everyone around me. it always shocked people when they ran into it, because I tended to be the quiet sort. But they all learned, sooner or later, that I danced to no one’s tune. You dance to mine, or you fuck off. Those have always been the only options in my corner of the world.

    • aureolaborealis

      I lost my virginity to an dedicated tomboy (athletic, mathy, androgynous) who was a few years older than I was. I always assumed that once she left for college, she would spend the rest of her days on an open and uninterrupted diet of pussy. But no. I looked her up recently, and she’s apparently pretty committed to heterosexuality, what with the husbanding and the childrening and all. Still a tomboy.

  • Logic of Color

    Apparently you can’t contact Walmart security, since they don’t have security just the local police. Yet another way our taxes support their business plan

    • LeCafeAuLait

      I wouldn’t have tried to contact security or police either, because “a lady said mean things to me” isn’t going to get much of a response. It’s not illegal, she didn’t make a threat. What’s the point?

      • theCryptofishist

        Yes, and I can totally see making a video about it, because that would have me all keyed up and needing some sort of response from friends, loved ones that this was disturbing. And sort of nasty. (Not in a good way.)

  • LeCafeAuLait

    This is all just a cover for the fact the Republicans don’t have a plan to address healthcare (just not Obamacare, which is bad), income inequality (your own fault if you’re poor), the looming retirement crisis (since 401ks, the average American has only $5k saved for retirement), or actual problems facing our countries. Just be afraid that a transgendered is nearby, pay no attention to the woefully biased tax code and wage injustices we just passed…

    • OctopiRage

      Isn’t moar guns the solution?

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    I’m gonna make an assumption that the woman not named Toms — you know, the harpy one — is a God-fearing Christian! So, wouldn’t it be groovy if Sky Daddy re-sent Jesus back down to this here Earth as a transgendered woman and tabulate the Good Christian results to hilarious conclusions. I mean Sky Daddy did put the mens G-spot in their prostate, so I’m thinking this is just the sort of trolling plan Sky Daddy would hatch.

    • H0mer0

      one of my patients told me something to that effect the other day (I was told by a plastic surgeon when we were discussing ‘vaginal rejuvenation surgery’ that some places even inject tissue fillers in that spot and—-I talk about a lot of crude stuff in my practice, don’t judge me!) and my patient told me about a lady friend who wishes she never found her husband’s G spot in his poop shoot cuz….(how she found it, or whether he communicated that to her or…there is a lot of this that reminds me of how I’m glad my S.O. is a man of simple “tastes” (as far as I know….)

      • nmmagyar

        I’m sure your SO has a freak side, as we all do. But he might not know which pervy stuff he likes. Just randomly try things you read about on the intertubez until you find them.

        • SDGeoff

          The Voice Of Experience.
          Believe him.

        • Jennifer R

          This all the time.

    • SDGeoff

      I’d rather have spaghetti.

    • Lily412

      If I were that lady, I’d fear god too, since I was daily crapping all over his message of treating other with kindness.

  • Tio_Doidinho

    Media exposure really brings out the nutjobs. Sad.

    Also: LOVE the eggplant/panda bear top.

    • H0mer0

      I was going to bring that up! I’m still trying to figure out the link between those two items.

  • TexasVetgal

    You should have seen the size of her Schnitzengruben!

    • Playonwords

      I thought it was Sheriff Bart who had the …

      … ah! ISWYDT

      • Biff52

        That person has an extremely nasty commenting history…

        • Playonwords

          Thanks will edit.

          Fuck! normally I check.

          • Biff52

            Probably shouldn’t take long for her to meet Dok’s leetle friend.

        • Whollyholeyholy

          Ooh, you’re right! As an aside, Ovomit is one of my favorite terms. Faulkner would have written a character with a colorful name like Vardaman who uses it; it just conveys so much about the character’s limitations.

    • HazooToo

      Fuck off, plz.

  • proofreader

    i like her.
    her eyebrow scares me.

    • H0mer0

      To quote Zippy: ” what we need is a policy against fashion risk! and bigger eyebrows!” (also too another of my favorite Zippy quotes: “All life is a blur of Republicans and meat.”)

  • H0mer0

    “This. Did. Not. Happen
    Seriously, people! So quick to believe?
    She knows there are no cameras in the restroom. She does not report it to the Walmart management, does not call police…there are no witnesses. It does not have a ring of truth to it.
    Shame on her. There are real incidents of harrassment based on hate and ignorance – no need to stir up anger over a made up story.
    Then she adds the tidbit about a man following her into a restroom to rape her last year…did she report that one? Show me the evidence.
    More likely the rape story fits into her agenda, as if to say that if a man is intent on rape, he can go into a restroom even if the laws being considered today are not in place.
    This kind of behavior makes ME want to get off the planet.”

    okbye! or as in the words of Blondie: “…don’t go away sad….just GO AWAY!”
    And why does she have to show you the evidence, oh skeptical one? how do we know they don’t have closed circuit video cameras for loss prevention at Walmart?

    • HazooToo

      Something tells me that old biddy went right up to the nearest Walmart employee to “brag” about confronting a “pervert” in the toilet.

  • chascates

    Attractive, brave, and nice, regardless of gender!

  • As a dude with long hair and a beard, I fear that I’m the next target of the general confusion of idiots…

    Aside: I, too, will be donating my gorgeous locks for the same purpose in the near future, it will be my second time doing it :)

    • Biff52

      Before I could grow a convincing beard, I had hair down to the small of my back. Also skinny as hell. In the 60’s, that got me stomped a time or two. It’s always been “us” vs “them”, in one way or another.

      • theCryptofishist

        Yeah, it sorta seems to me that this has been underground, like a mushroom, just waiting for the proper conditions to arrive, and then it pops up over the surface again.

        • Hardly Ideal

          Or as a friend described it, we’re finally cleaning that semi-sentient mess behind the fridge we’ve been ignoring for who knows how long.

          • Boscoe

            The only question is whether we can really wipe it up, or will we just end up spreading it everywhere and then have to move…

      • Hardly Ideal

        Guess I lucked out. High school kids in the 90’s just kept calling me “Jesus.” Adults tried to spin it into a positive, but those kids sure didn’t mean it positively.

        • Biff52

          It just made me embrace the hippie lifestyle tighter. No regrets.

        • OctopiRage

          Me, also, too. I guess them insulting their Lord and savior by thinking he was a dirty non-white hippie didn’t occur to them. Wait, what?

    • nmmagyar

      Locks of Love rocks! My guy sends so much hair there he has the address memorized.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    She seems nice, can Donna Rose adopt her as her Auntie.

    • SDGeoff

      The Nice Lady, right? Because we don’t want any riff-raff near the Loveliest Of Babbies.

      • theCryptofishist

        (I’m already traumatized for her because that horrible Montanan’s last name is Rose.)

  • Callyson

    This kind of behavior makes ME want to get off the planet.

    Be my guest, asshole…

    • edith prickly

      Buh-bye! (and don’t let the bathroom door hit your ass on the way…_

    • Boscoe

      LOL I get your point, but… it’s a little blunted by the fact that I’d pay money to get cursed by a cute woman who knows her way around a map…

  • natoslug

    As my imaginary Great Grandmother always says: If you see something, say absofuckinglutely nothing unless it really is your business. And busty short-haired women using the WalMart Ladypotty is nobody’s fucking business.

  • fawkedifiknow

    If Aimee is trans, he trans’ed really well.

    • SDGeoff

      He certainly didn’t lose his sense of benevolence.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Wonder what that crabby old potty-patroller is gonna transition into?
      “Even though I was human, I knew inside that I was Jesus’ greasiest skidmark, even as a child”

      • NationalGalleryofClipArt

        +1 lobster

  • Helena Handbag

    She’s adorable and could be my daughter. Does anyone ever think “Hey, that’s somebody’s kid. Mayhaps I should not be such a judgemental fuckstick!” ?? I expect too much, I suppose.

    • TheBidenator

      Hey your hair looks pretty short in your pic as well, Helena! GIT OUTTA THAT WOMANS’ BAFFROOOM!!!!

      • Helena Handbag

        I have other, ahem, “characteristics” that would prevent anyone from mistaking me for a guy.

        • Land Shark

          Nice eyelashes?

          • theCryptofishist

            I’m thinking a really nice dildo harness…

          • Land Shark

            I don’t think a dildo harness would confirm a specific gender or gender identity.

            Can’t be nail polish … not shoes … hair length isn’t an indicator ….

            OK I’m stumped.

        • TheBidenator

          Okay, time for me to go into skeptic mode….pics or doesn’t exist, Helena.

          • Delu

            Arbitrary Skepticism!

        • DinkyBossetti

          Don’t be so sure. I, too, have some very prominent “characteristics” that should prevent people from mistaking me for a man. Yet I regularly get called “sir” because I have a pixie cut.

    • SDGeoff

      Watch the video of Target Lady and tell me what you think of how these loons treat their children. We do expect too much. We’re expecting them to be normal.

      • redarmyzombie

        Unfortunately, there’s just not enough booze in my office…

    • Courser

      She IS adorable! And she’s cute in that baseball cap, too. What’s disgusting is one idiotic old lady yelling at her in the bathroom. Colorado has a LOT of ‘boyish’ looking women. It’s called being athletic.

    • Lily412

      Yeah. Apparently we have to “PROTECT OUR WIVES AND DAUGHTERS!!1” unless they have different opinions from us.

  • Delu

    Amazing how some people are so quick to disbelieve things just because “no pic no proof” and because they don’t want to believe. But when there’s a Benghazi……

    In any case something like this was bound to happen sooner or later. It’s simply the logical conclusion to the whole furore over transgenders in bathrooms.

    When there’s smoke there’s fire. The bigots popped smoke to conceal their bigotry while spreading hate and fear and now it’s turning into a fire.

    • Serai 1

      I hate the ones who yell FAKE even worse than the bigots, at least as an online presence. They’re SO FUCKING ANNOYING.

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    This is what I was afraid of, I am afraid that its going to end with an transgender person or an poor girl like Aimee getting killed or seriously injured because some psychotic right winger in an right to carry state will whip out an gun. it makes me weep and pray for all my sisters and brothers who are transgender

    • Delu

      This is the result of spreading fear. Transgenders have been using bathrooms for years now with nary any commotion.

      Now the ones who buy the fear will be spending time staring at every other person in the washroom tather than going about their own business.

      Some will have their fingers on triggers as well.

      It will only be a matter of time before someone uses the second amendment to make the fear go away or satisfy their hate.

      That’s how it usually is in today’s America.

      • Alexander Stallwitz

        It’s no accident that this is happening now. I think the Right is doing this to gin up support for 2016 and to push back against gay marriage and LGBT rights

        • SDGeoff

          That worked well for them last time.

          • Alexander Stallwitz

            In 2004, it did

          • SDGeoff

            You said it! But what a difference a decade and a half has made. I think they are so dismembered because the world finally has caught up to them, and they are realizing they’re about to lose the War Itself. The Olde Pharte Regime is dying off and a lot of younger folk are just not falling in love with the hate.

        • Lily412

          Yep. It’s an ineffectual tantrum brought on by their enraged helplessness. The only thing it will accomplish is putting people in danger. Assholes…

        • Serai 1

          They’re scrabbling in panic for any little thing they can find. It’s sad.

      • Serai 1

        Yep. I’ve been surprised now and then over the years by transgender people in the bathrooms, but I never said anything. They got a right to pee, too, and they’re CLEARLY not interested in me.

    • Amy!

      Another to remember on 20 November.

    • Boscoe

      Makes me weep for humanity. :(

      • Mehmeisterjr

        You mean that a humanity might be lurking in the restroom? Or even several humenities?

        • kareemachan

          All the humanities.

          • MrCanoehead

            Oh, the humanities!

    • Jennifer R

      Trans people are already sub statistic level no one would know if one of us died because of bathroom panic or just regular fuck them for being different.

    • Serai 1

      But what if the gun is whipped out ON the harrasser, instead of the other way around?

  • Marceline

    Clearly women are going to need to start carrying pepper spray to protect them from the panty police.

    • Boscoe

      Make toilets illegal, and only criminals will have them. Problem solved.

      • NationalGalleryofClipArt

        MAKE AMERICA INDIA AGAIN

    • Serai 1

      I’m waiting for some woman in a stand-your-ground state to whip it out and start firing at the asshole who followed her into the toilet. THEN we’ll see!

  • TheBidenator

    Here’s my question to the internet police, what does she have to gain by making this story up? This didn’t happen in North Carolina and she isn’t trans so what possible gain could be had from a born woman saying she’d been yelled at by a bigot? There is none that I can think of that isn’t incredibly stupid. Ya know courts don’t require that you have video of EVERY INCIDENT before they’ll accept it as evidence. These fucking people….

    • Delu

      How much you want to bet that person who posted that firmly believes that Obama is a Kenyan Muslim Usurper and the Hillary Benghazied America?

      • TheBidenator

        I’d say the Venn is very, very strong. I’ll be willing to bet they’ll accept any ‘evidence’ that says a trans person attacked a woman no matter how high on the Ashley Todd level of bullshit the claim rises.

        • Delu

          What I’ve noticed about such people is they are quick to believe anything they want to believe and quick to disbelieve anything they don’t want to believe. Facts and evidence or otherwise be damned.

          This incident, even if there is no proof, even if it didn’t actually happen, is the logical conclusion to fear and hate that has been sown.

          When you tell people to fear the transgenders in your bathrooms whether they are there or not, there are those who will buy that fear.

          And when they do, this or worse, is the result.

          • TheBidenator

            What you’re referring to is known as confirmation bias which alongside arbitrary skepticism produces these idjits….I love social science. Humans are like organic laboratories…

          • SDGeoff

            I love your posts.

          • jmk

            This is how creationism works – they’ll unhesitatingly accept a magical story about how the universe and everything in it, including humans, came to exist based only on the unsupported word of a group of ancient people who did not understand the mechanics of reproduction or rainfall…

            BUT…

            150 years of solid science, backed by verified and verifiable evidence, observation, and testing from a wide variety of peer-reviewed disciplines is still not enough evidence to convince them that evolution is a thing.

          • Gleem-McShinez

            But I NEED to believe I’ve got a magic invisible buddy who looks out for me, otherwise… what!? I’ve got to rely entirely on my skills to get me safely through this world!?

            This is not a comforting thought for some people.

          • Boscoe

            What I’ve noticed is that these people are quick to believe anything as long as it is an elaborate conspiracy against them. Somehow simple reality is too simplistic to be believable…

    • SDGeoff

      It’s totally all they have.
      They are Very Not Smart, in the only quote from Mitt Romney I really, really like.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Well, there’s Austin Cake Man. Because of his little hoax, now every lefty post is a lie. Thanks a lot, Cake Man, way to set back the movement 5 years.

      • doktorzoom

        Isn’t Austin Cake man balanced out by Frisco Toilet Man?

        • JustDon’tSayDittos

          Is this The Force, then, and Frisco Toilet Man has restored balance to It?

        • NationalGalleryofClipArt

          More like Backward Bee Girl Ashley Todd.

        • MrCanoehead

          Or Powdered Toast Man?

  • tehbaddr

    Another false flag lady bits operation purported by the fascist liberalz. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!11!11!!1!11!1!!!!!!

    • Hardly Ideal

      Maybe OT, but I always caution people about using “Sheeple.” It makes you sound silly, among other reasons.

      • Boscoe

        Which is why when you are mocking wingnuts, it is the PERFECT term. :P Also, because when you raise your army of demon sheepoids, they will be easy to control and use against your foes because they are really easy to manipulate.

        • dlemex

          But Carly couldn’t seem to get hers to work properly… That was a Demon Sheeple… No? Never mind. (Use your Roseannadanna voice)

    • Mehmeisterjr

      One of those exclamation marks should be a number 1. Otherwise, I agree completely.

  • TheBidenator

    Ah, wingnuts….I’m sure the concern troll who called the whole thing a hoax really does believe that trans people are subject to hate and bigotry. Just like the white supremacists who thinking black people need segregation to protect them from assault by white people…

    • Kavefish

      (…does… …are… …?)

      • TheBidenator

        re-read my comment as a sarcastic rejoinder rather than in a cold, factual voice and then get back to me.

        • Kavefish

          durr…

          I claim brain fart as my excuse.

        • JustDon’tSayDittos

          Maybe if you had done that in Trumpish. You know we like it when you speak Trumpish!

  • calliecallie

    Aimee Toms’ agenda is prolly really just to promote the hair donation thing. Clearly she is a an evil mastermind.

    • theCryptofishist

      Why I bet she’s inspired two or three more ladies to donate their hair! Wake up, Sheeple!

    • Lily412

      I’m just shocked that there are apparently more loud-mouthed bigots in her Connecticut town than there are in my southern town. When I shaved my head, I was worried that people were going to give me shit for it, but no one said a word. Maybe the event was well-known? I don’t know.

      • PSG

        I used to regularly shave my head, all the while wearing maxi skirts. I also used to get a few confused glances, but no direct confrontations – I don’t think I appear generally receptive to that sort of discussion.
        I am not sure now what my reception would be,

      • Donkey Option

        I mean, Danbury’s kind of shitty, but we don’t know that person there was from CT! We get a lot of people who drive through CT on their way other places, so maybe it was someone from out of state. Because, well, we here in CT just tend to not talk to people. Although I do see Trump signs, so clearly we have terrible people here, but they tend towards the money-grubbing R than the religious fanatic R.

      • Serai 1

        Doesn’t the South have that faux-ultra-polite thing going? You don’t get that in the Northeast, as I’m told.

        • Lily412

          People say that, but I don’t really notice it. Maybe I’m just naive.

  • timpundit

    Here comes that rainy day stabby feeling again.

    • SDGeoff

      We love it when you get that way.

    • Bird Law

      Since it’s a beautifully sunny day here in the Twin Cities, I’m in a good enough mood that I would settle for a mere crotch kicking for this lady.

      • Bear OmNomNom

        Want to head out west to Glencoe with me and kick Glenn Gruenhagen in the crotch instead? (With votes.)

  • Suttree

    I think that people who are that worried about about this shit should have to use porta-potty out in the parking lot in the blazing sun.

    • Boscoe

      Hey, if they’re THAT terrified, they (probably) have a toilet at home they can use. Fuck ’em.

      • Serai 1

        A lot of them are whining about BEING FORCED OMG to wait til they get home now. FUCK YOU shitheads – nobody’s forcing you to be dirt-eating morons.

        • Aleria Snow

          Wait they’re actually saying they are being forced to wait until they go home now? Oh sweet Jesus Hector Christ I can’t imagine going through life that terrified of every fucking thing in the world that is even slightly different than me.

      • kareemachan

        But, but, but…. being that terrified and paranoid and stupid just makes them have to pee that much more often!

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Diapers seem appropriate.

      • NationalGalleryofClipArt

        LISA NOWAK LIBEL!!!

  • TheDogAteMyVote

    President Trump: “Look folks. We need to shut down all public restrooms until we can figure out what’s going on.”

    • harryeagar

      New York values:

      I don’t know if this is till true, but a friend who worked for the Times in 1985 told me there were no public toilets in Manhattan between 14th and, as I recall, 72d street; with the result that you could see “people taking a dump in the middle of the street.”

      There are already vast areas of this country with no public toilets for people of any sex.

      • janey

        I think there should be three bathrooms. Male, Female, and Open-minded. That should satisfy the need for women to get more space in restrooms.

        • CriticalDragon1177

          One major problem with that, is that it would require buildings to be redesigned for the extra bathrooms. Besides, trans women are women and trans men are men. We shouldn’t even attempt to appease the religious right here. It will only make things worse. They will have to learn to live with trans people, just as white racists in the South had to learn to live with black people. They don’t like it? Guess what, you’re just going to have to deal with it. Eventually this trans panic will die down as it should, but only if we don’t allow states to have policies based on their hatred and paranoia.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Why stop with the public restrooms. Transgenders could be in your bathroom right the minute. Close them all down until the weewee police can inspect every one of them.

  • Upright Ape

    Cool lady….that’s all I got.

  • Bird Law

    As a pathetic men’s rights time bomb of hate, can anyone direct me where I should go to anonymously inform Ms. Toms that she needs to fear for her physical safety?

    • Boscoe

      …and also to forward all the death threats from “‘Rill Murikans” to the FBI.

  • aureolaborealis

    This is extra special stupid, because in these God-forsaken Xtianist hellholes, the standard haircut that a woman of a certain age wears to signify to the world that her dreams are all dead or dying is some variation of this:

    http://frothygirlz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/hamill9.JPG.jpeg

    • Courser

      Oh man, years ago my bf & I were travelling through either Kansas or Nebraska (can’t remember which) and we figured that in those states there were unspoken rules for women: Upon marriage and birth of the first child, women must cut their hair (b/c it’s pure vanity and therefore bad) and gain 50 pounds.

      • NationalGalleryofClipArt

        Then become the next Tenacious D.

    • jmk

      My mother routinely gives me shit about having long hair – that I wear down – after 50, telling me that it’s “inappropriate” for a woman of my age.

      Fuck that.

      • Plushinobi

        Screw that. Long hair is great at any age. As is short hair. Or any hair you want, really. It’s attached to you, why should anyone else get an opinion?

        • jmk

          Exactly. I like it, and my beloved likes it, and I’m not cutting it off to look more middle aged.

          On the plus side, her disapproval has prompted me to do the research, and now I can do a whole 45 minute lecture on the sexual and social implications of women’s hairstyles in western civilization.

          • Serai 1

            I would just like to say that it is my conviction
            That longer hair and other flamboyant affectations
            Of appearance are nothing more
            Than the male’s emergence from his drab camouflage
            Into the gaudy plumage that is the birthright of his sex.
            There is a peculiar notion that elegant plumage
            And fine feathers are not proper for the male,
            When actually that is the way things are in most species.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXTwf1qW7aY

          • JoeChristmas

            Don’t even get me started on curtain length matching carpet length.

        • Serai 1

          I came of age in the 70’s, the era of Long Hair On Guys, Even Guys You Wouldn’t Expect. To me, men with short hair always look like young boys.

        • Aleria Snow

          People always comment that either I am letting my husband wear his hair long or he is letting me wear mine short. We’re doing what now? We always take it as a chance to educate some busybody, moron about grown ass people wearing their hair, makeup, clothing, etc. how they want to and other people minding their own business.

          I wear my hair short because a.) it’s how I like it, b.) suits me that way, c.) so thick that wearing it too long gives me terrible headaches from the weight of it.

          He wears his hair long because a.) it’s how he likes it, b.) defiance against his parents forcing him to get his haircut when he was younger, c.) he hates getting haircuts.

      • thewitchqueen74

        I’m 42 and have long hair, and I intend to keep it long forever.

        • jmk

          I finally got to like the color (it’s red), and my beloved enjoys brushing and braiding it, which puts me into a purring, cross-eyed state of bliss, so I don’t really see myself cutting mine for another several decades at least.

          • Serai 1

            I had fun growing out my last coloring. Everyone said I should cut it off BECAUSE ROOTS. I said fuck you, I’m enjoying this. When the gray reached my shoulders, I finally cut off the colored part. Bye, bye, my vanity!

          • jmk

            My lovely hairstylist (who has been doing my hair for more than 10 years) did something similar with her own hair, and when people commented on it, she told them it was “dip-dyed” and was the latest trend.

      • Serai 1

        I got told “You don’t want to look like an old hippie woman, do you?”

        My response? “I AM an old hippie woman!”

        • jmk

          PREZACTLY!!!

    • Boscoe

      Yeah, I was just thinking about how it seems to be standard procedure for many older women to buzz their hair off. Lotta grammaws gonna be peeing in fear…

  • You know between this and the Olive Garden story I’m beginning to think Donald Trump may have a point: America isn’t very great.

  • AnOuthouse

    “You’re disgusting!”
    “Yeah? I’m profane as hell too, you hate filled, ugly, fucking, smelly, c*nt.”

    • Aleria Snow

      That would have probably been my reaction, but I did once tell a woman off in a church bathroom for telling her son that Jesus didn’t like little boys who had potty accidents.

  • ALP

    My husband (who always has 5 o’clock shadow and is very clearly male) has dreadlocks and wears kilts and people address us as “Ladies,” like once a week. Maybe we should stop trying so hard to assign gender to people. When we go get coffee or use the restroom or whatever, is it really that important?

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      There you go, with your “logic” again you filthy liberal.

    • Damian L

      Rasta Scotty?

      • ALP

        He’s only Scots by marriage.

    • Aleria Snow

      My husband often wears his long hair in a ponytail, and if a server approaches him from behind they always start with “Ladies” as well until they notice they facial hair. I have shorter hair than he does, but the reverse never happens because I’m also quite short.

      Agreed about the gender thing. Much ado about nothing really.

  • Boscoe

    Occam’s Razor™:
    A: She is a demented pathological liar, publicity seeker and prolly some kind of “militant liberal” who decided it would be a terrific idea to make herself a public target for haters, and only donates hair to cancer babies because that is the perfect cover.

    B: All the anti-trans/bathroom hysteria in the media caused a bigoted fuckstick to verbally assault her in a public bathroom because her hair was short, and she was so incensed about it that she went public.

    Choose wisely, kids!

    • kaw143

      Oh! Uh, uh. . . I KNOW THIS!

      Uh, is it “A”?

      • Gleem-McShinez

        What about “C” where she is actually a he, who was in the Walmart restroom waiting to do all the molesto-pervo-raping of children, because that is a thing that happens, until a righteous hissing Christian comes along to spit bile.

        Those boobs are probably just photoshmopped on!!!1

        • kareemachan

          Or maybe a 3-D printer?

    • phoenix00

      AOT,K

    • Left Coast Tom

      I’m sorry, but Occam’s Razor is a vital part of critical thinking, and that sort of thing is just not allowed.

  • Forthrast

    Hell, this happens to my daughter on nearly a daily basis. She is (I guess she’d prefer they are) kind of gender fluid/androgynous with buzz cut hair and all. But she also has all the original equipment, and even rather large breasts. But still, she gets yelled at in the ladies room and the men’s room; she can’t win.

    • NationalGalleryofClipArt

      I hate they as an ungendered, singular pronoun. It sounds terrible with the corresponding conjugate, much like the soccer coverage at Deadspin (“Chelsea are having a terrible season…”, “Brazil expect Gold at the 2016 Olympics…”). Why not use one for a non-cis, non-trans individual? Passive voice can already be singular.

      • MrCanoehead

        Simple. It’s an imperfect solution, but all the others are worse.

  • Jennifer R

    At this point I am just waiting to be assaulted in public.

  • Donkey Option

    When I was in college, we voted to have the bathrooms in our dorm (a really small dorm) gender neutral. We even had gender neutral showers (and yes, people took advantage of it, but only when no one else was there.) We were fine. Nothing bad happened. You’d just walk out of the stall and there’d be a guy brushing his teeth and a girl would come it to shower or whatever. It was such a non-issue. What is wrong with these people? You really can’t handle someone of the opposite gender hearing you poop? Or washing their hands next to you? What the hell do these people do the bathroom that having them strictly gender segregated is such a big deal?

    • edith prickly

      We had coed bathrooms in my dorm too, and this was back in the 80s. It was just like home, really. What this is about is stirring up a pointless moral panic and generating more funds for the wingnut welfare queens. Oh and making sure that discrimination against the transgendered continues, because Jesus hates coed bathrooms or some shit.

      • Bear OmNomNom

        Crazed horn-blowing on manufactured social issues is the only way the oligarchs’ preferred candidates can continue screwing people on economic issues and still get votes. It’s the biggest scam of our time.

        • Aleria Snow

          It’s an election year so I’m not at all surprised. A few years ago it was the Ebola panic. Next election cycle it will be some other bugbear to get the Fox Geezers in a roil.

          My mother called me all panicked after the Target story broke asking me if it was true that Target was going to start having coed restrooms, and I couldn’t help myself I laughed out loud for probably a full 5 minutes. I laughed so long and so hard it actually hurt my mother’s feelings. I just could NOT help it. I wasn’t laughing at her in any case. I was laughing that it only took a couple of days for the RWNJ to rile up their base that they were going to have to poop in front of the opposite sex at a store that most of them never set foot in anyway.

      • NationalGalleryofClipArt

        They also hope Sexual Predation in the Girls Room 2016 will be Gay Marriage 2004.

    • aureolaborealis

      We had coed bathrooms, too. It was the 80s. The only real downside I remember was all the bloody tampons discreetly slopped onto the backs of the toilets instead of shamefully walked to the trash cans.

      • Serai 1

        That’s so stupid. FFS, just wrap them up in some toilet paper, that’s what I do. Some girls are just dumb.

      • NationalGalleryofClipArt

        It’s just their own blood, too. I get frequent nosebleeds, but I flush or throwaway my tissues. Same thing should apply to sanitary napkins.

    • Aleria Snow

      This one time at band camp the girl’s had to stay in a boy’s dorm at the college where camp was being held that year, and every single girl in the band was freaked out because there were only common showers. Myself and one other girl earned the ire of every other girl on our floor because we refused to shower while wearing our swimsuits. These are probably the same women who have now appointed themselves the hoohoo police. I remember thinking how stupid they all were for acting like it was a scandal to see another naked woman in the shower.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    Hey. I just had my typical afternoon: walk a mile to the grocery store, have people stare at me inside, then get catcalled on the way home because my legs look great in shorts and my Wedgie shoes. XD

    ‘Mericuh

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Seriously, once a transgender woman hits 55, she’ll experience what us cisg’s do– a woman in America who is over the age of 55 is functionally invisible in public. Problem solved.

      • cat cafe

        I always think of it as my magic power, like Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak.

    • thenearesthippie

      This is my problem with transwomen. They’re legs are always so much nicer than my cisg legs have ever been. When is someone going to do something about that?!

      • Anna Elizabeth

        XD For Mother’s Day, my sister & her hubby held a BBQ for my mom and his mom. I thought, “What the heck” and wore a bikini while BIL was grilling. His Mom, 75 years old, nevers met me or saw before, asked me if I’d trade legs with her, like 20 times, and gave me several hugs.

        She’s a sweetie.

    • Tansy Geek

      Good glob woman! You can walk 2 miles in wedges? My feet are getting blisters just thinking about it!

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I gotz skillz. XD

        These are really nice, soft soled and well broken in. I don’t have a car, so I use my feet a lot.

  • baconzgood

    Baconz thinks girls are cute. I like the bob and page boy are sexxxxxy.

    • kaw143

      “Bob”? “Page boy”?

      Them don’t sound lahk girls ta me, prevert.

    • Aleria Snow

      The bob is the only hairstyle I can rock, and I’m still jealous of any woman who can rock a pixie cut.

      • baconzgood

        Are you a brunette and single?

        • Aleria Snow

          I am brunette.

          • baconzgood

            We’re not supposed to use wonkette as a dating service. So I’m saying (with votes)
            TALL WHITE THIN 40 YEAR OLD, well educated very liberal, and a Tom Waits fan.

            Baconz is going to get the loving ban hammered because I’m a fliry pork product. But cut BACONZGOOD some slack…I haven’t been on a date in over 2 years

          • Aleria Snow

            Sadly I am not single, but if I were you definitely hit most all of my points. I really don’t care about race or gender, but definitely like tall, well educated, and liberal.

          • baconzgood

            Damn….I’m a island in this town.

          • baconzgood

            Damn…all the cool chicks are taken.

  • Mavenmaven

    Someday soon someone is going to beat up Dorothy Hamill.

    • JoeChristmas

      Tanya Harding Libelz!

  • dshwa

    Why would she go to the management or police? Being an asshole bigot in public isn’t illegal, and probably not against store policy. (especially in a Walmart).

    • thenearesthippie

      And if she had gone to management or the police, the same people who are calling her a liar now would instead be calling her a whiny ass titty baby who was trying to censor free speech.

      • JAFischer

        And that’s if they believed her.

    • Aleria Snow

      Sadly there are no laws (beyond simple good manners) that prevent you from looking at anyone for any reason and telling them that you find them disgusting. So what on earth was she supposed to do, go create a bunch more drama for herself so some asshat on YouTube would still disbelieve her account of what happened?

      In even more news that surprises no one ever, YouTube comment sections are still a hive of scum and villainy and just basic garbage humans.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    “there haven’t been any actual cases of transgender people attacking anyone in restrooms”

    You’re behind the times. The new reason is “privacy”

    • Gleem-McShinez

      If the goalposts are a-movin’ don’t bother dis-provin’

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    This perception that you can tell by looking (because of short hair, or long hair, or boob size or whatever) that a person is transgender, is absurd– why are we not countering that more effectively? Oh, right, because we’re liberals and think that people are guided by facts and reason.

  • redarmyzombie

    Begun, the Bathroom Wars have…

    • NationalGalleryofClipArt

      Al & Peg Bundy predicted this.

  • whitroth

    Yes, she is cute.

    About the maroons claiming it never happened? I know that type exactly… back in the late sixties, a late friend of mine who had longish hair, heavy bone structure, not heavy, about 5’10” or so, told me that they’d been walking along the street, and a couple of jerks walking maybe 10′ behind, started making comments about “is that a boy, or is it a girl?”

    She turned around and yelled, “I’M A GIRL!”.

    They turned and slunk away.

  • Selena60

    After yelling at the woman, did she fall to her knees and say she would pray for her?

  • Steve Cain

    In 1989 I was walking along with two friends, a man with very long straight hair and a woman with a shaved head, I was between them, fairly nondescript hair do.
    A Jeep full of rednecks drove by, and were so confused as to what to yell at who, they just threw a beer bottle at my head as they drove off, and while that was bullshit, the looks on their faces was worth it, their tiny world had exploded in their skulls.

  • Tansy Geek

    This shit makes me want to cut my hair off again and get a boob reduction just so I start trouble. BWHAHAHAHAHA

    • Serai 1

      Makes me want to hang around in bathrooms just so I can bash these fucking idiots with my cane.

    • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

      Maybe I’ll dress like Stella Stevens in The Nutty Professor to see if I can fool anyone. And if anyone starts trouble, I’ll say something like “I’m sorry that your life is so empty and worthless that you have to make fun of someone just because he wears clothes that aren’t usually prescribed for his gender.”

  • m3bosha

    I was thinking the same thing as she was. Confront me in the bathroom and you’ll get to see my homegrown tits. And then you’ll get a piece of my mind about your transphobia. We sane people need to up our crazy to match the crazy people. On sunday I was at the grocery store, I was in the cookie aisle and had one earbud in listening to music. It is a narrow aisle and I had to wait to get by past a guy looking a package of off brand Oreos. He turned to me and said “I’m glad they have these, I heard Oreos are made in Mexico”. I took out my earbud and said, “these avocados were grown in Mexico and I don’t give a shit”. Oddly enough, he had nothing more to say.

    • Darkrose

      I just got my hair cut very short. I want somebody to try to start shit with me so I can say “Bitch, I was a D-cup in college. Shut your stupid bigot pie hole.”

  • market apartments

    Thus spake some riled-up anonypottomus: “This kind of behavior makes ME want to get off the planet.”

    And thus began the most successful crowdfunding in history.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Stretch Goal: Wingnut Sunbound Catapult! Secure this perk now!

    • Bear OmNomNom

      An IndieGoAway! A GoFundMe to GoFYerself! The possibilities are endless!

    • kareemachan

      That reminds me – I hadn’t heard anything from the USA Freedumb Kidz trying to raise a million dollars to send rich people to Canada.

      Their account isn’t on Gofundme any more.

      That didn’t take long. Lulz.

  • BetsyBleedingheart

    A few years ago I had a pixie cut and was working at a restaurant. During open hours, female staff cleaned the ladies’ room and male staff cleaned the men’s room. Pretty standard stuff. Well, one shift, I was cleaning and singing merrily, and two little girls saw me. They ran out and got their mom, who stormed into the bathroom, furious that a man was in there. “Sorry, ma’am, it’s just me.” She was satisfied and that was the end of it. I guess I should be glad she wasn’t doing god’s work or whatever.

    • Serai 1

      Why the fuck would they be furious about a man cleaning the bathroom? I see that shit ALL THE TIME. It’s common. You either wait til he’s done or you let him know you’re there and he’ll leave until you’re done.

      I swear, some people are just looking for reasons to start shrieking.

      • Swampgas_Man

        As a GUY who used to clean wimmyn’s restrooms, they were usually so damn grateful that ANYTHING was being done to sanitize that mess, they didn’t comment on me being a man.

        • NationalGalleryofClipArt

          I still shudder over the used tampon minefield that was the ladies employee restroom at my 12th grade job. The women treated those things like they were cigarette butts. Just bloody clots from wall to wall. & as a grocery bagger, one of my closing tasks was picking up the breakroom & adjacent lavatories.

        • Aleria Snow

          Depending on the ladies’ room I have to fight the urge to hug the person actually cleaning the damn thing.

      • Aleria Snow

        Depending on the severity of nature’s call I usually ask if I can run in really quickly and do my business because I don’t want to get in the way of the person who is actually working right now.

  • handyhippie65

    you haven’t lived ’till some dude hits on you in a bar ’cause they only saw you from behind with hair halfway to my ass. when i turned around, my mustache freaked him out. good times.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Now, for me, that wouldn’t have been a problem.

      • handyhippie65

        he got more than he bargained for, or mebbe less, i’m not sure. but it sure was funny.

    • Skeptical_thinker

      Same thing witb me, back in the day. No mustache, a full beard. I would have tbought my being six foot two would have been a clue.

      • handyhippie65

        mebbe he was a mountain climber.

      • Aleria Snow

        For some reason there are still people who see long hair and assume woman or short hair and assume man. Despite the several decades now that dudes have been rocking long hair and ponytails, and chicks have been rocking bobs and pixie cuts.

    • Aleria Snow

      I used to date a very cute guy who rocked some awesome long blonde locks, and he often wore sarongs, kilts, or skirts One time we were meeting some friends for a movie and were walking around holding hands waiting for them to show up. Here we both are in skirts and holding hands so some dudebro assumed we were lesbians and started catcalling us until my date turned around. The look of absolute horror on that dude’s face is still etched into my memory.

  • “This kind of behavior makes ME want to get off the planet.”

    Do you need some help packing? Can I call a cab for you? How about a swift kick in the ass?

    • Serai 1

      Inorite? “You PROMISE?”

    • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

      I wish that the haters could leave the planet and form their own society elsewhere. Of course, you can bet money that one of them would get caught canoodling with a member of his/her own gender.

      • mardam422

        The old Confederacy is still available.

  • ViveLaRes

    How did this get so bad so fast? Don’t we all have enough to bear without the God-botherers making it worse? This trans-gender persecution is heart wrenching. The trans folk I have know are some of the gentlest people in the world.

    • Serai 1

      There are never enough reasons for these inbred morons to get hysterically terrified.

      • Cool_North

        They’re addicted to being outraged. Anything would do. It’s also a pretty clear sign they’re on their way of losing every shred of their humanity and capacity to reason.

  • Amateur Sleuth

    just because someone’s ugly or androgynous doesn’t make them a tranny!

  • MizzMazz

    Short hair on women shouldn’t even really be an issue anymore. In the punk rock days, I had a short back and sides and spiky (among other things) and it was scandalous. Nowadays, I see my old cut being rocked by grannies, and no one bats an eye at them, or throws beer bottles at ’em. No one gets to be the arbiter of what’s an appropriate hair length/color/style for someone else. It’s not like they’re being hurt by having to look at it (or ARE they???).

    • Walter Wellstone

      Doesn’t the bible prescribe some kind of punishment for women who cut their hair? I would think it does but I can’t say for sure since I’ve never read the fucking thing.

      • jviscont1

        The Duggar ladies have 1.2 miles of hair between them for some reason.

      • notfromvenus

        No, I don’t think so. Just that women should generally have longer hair and cover their hair in church/temple. Not that many Christians do that.

        • Aleria Snow

          They also eat pork and shrimp; wear mixed fabrics; work on Saturday; mix meat and dairy; none of the men wear their hair (including facial) in the correct manner I guess they really do pick and choose what to follow and what not to follow.

      • Aleria Snow

        There are some really strict Pentecostal churches that teach that if a woman cuts her hair God will punish her entire family. That actually includes getting split ends trimmed.

        • Walter Wellstone

          That’s fucked up.

          • Aleria Snow

            It really is.

        • AlasAnAss

          Fuck.

          • Aleria Snow

            I have a 3rd cousin whose wife used to belong to one of those churches; they also handled snakes in her particular church. She was always in frumpy dresses with stringy, unkempt hair down to her waist She finally left that church when she was in her 50’s and started wearing nicer clothing, got her hair cut and dyed, and started wearing makeup and jewelry. I feel really bad because in the last two years we learned that she was diagnosed with ALS. She spent years a prisoner of some cult that held women to that ridiculous standard, finally broke free, and is now becoming a prisoner of her own body.

          • AlasAnAss

            Really, I want to know: What did we do to make life so mad at us?

      • MizzMazz

        Well, I have, and it’s a freaky book full of strange and freaky things like not wearing clothing made of different fibers, and not eating shellfish or blood (try that, meat eaters!) and all kinds of shit about women not wearing men’s clothes and vice versa. Most of the punishments for pissing god off have you killed with rocks, but if you are a hapless virgin who gets raped, and your daddy gets payed money, you get to marry your rapist. Oh, and don’t make fun of bald prophets that god likes, because he’ll send bears after you and kill you, if you’re a little kid.

        It’s a doofy book, but worth reading, just to know what the crazies are all on about.

        • Walter Wellstone

          Again, that’s really fucked up. I thank my overly educated, ultra-liberal Atheist parents every day for having kept me away from religion and its so-called instruction manuals; for introducing me to science from an early age and for taking the time explain to me how the universe works. I don’t think I’ll waste my time reading that crappy book.

          • MizzMazz

            Good for your parents and good for you. I wish all children could be raised without superstition, and be taught how to think.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    The lady was only following what her Jeebuzz said: “She is a sinner so everybody pick up a stone and throw it at her!”

  • guppy06

    Clearly a terrifying presence

    I find freckles intimidating. Hawt, yes, but also intimidating.

  • Superman

    No doubt another hoax from the liberal agenda nutjob crowd of perpetual victims. And you gullible libs are eating this up just like the fag cake guy. Dumb.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Damn you Poe’s Law, I can’t even tell if this is sarcasm or an honest-to-badness troll.

    • Walter Wellstone

      It doesn’t matter. It’s always nice to make fun of religious nuts.

  • She does have a nice rack…

  • phoenix00

    > Whole Foods has dropped its countersuit.

    NOOOO COUNTERSUE THAT FUCKER

  • Walter Wellstone

    Religious conservatives who like to play moral cop should move to Saudi Fucking Arabia. That’s a real profession over there.

    • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

      Ironically, due to the strict separation of men and women, a lot of people over there develop same-sex relationships.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    Y’know, the haters all have one thing in common. They live in misery, and lack the courage to face up to their lives and make them better. Instead, they choose to spread their misery to as many others as they possibly can.

    They are free to waste their lives, I suppose. They are beneath contempt, and I think that they *know* that, in their hearts-of-hearts.

    • mardam422

      Agreed. It must be so difficult to live in fear of everything like that. Between ISIS, Ebola, Gheys, Blahs, bathrooms, not being on the gold standard, climate change hoaxes, and on, and on, and on. I don’t know how they survive.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Don’t forget Planet X.

        It’s sad, really.

        • mardam422

          I love that movie!! What with the Godzilla and Monster Zero and the planet where all the people are Asians ‘n’ ‘at.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    So it sounds like religious homophobic loons somehow have no idea that tomboys exist.

    • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

      As Alex Jones and Ben Garrison have made clear, “real” women look like Barbie dolls (see Wonkette’s homepage).

    • Cool_North

      And that’s why I become more convinced every day that the conservative right are in fact robots who can be programmed at will by their masters to forget and “remember”. Their ideal woman form & fashion trends now toward Kim Davis and Michelle Duggar, so there’s no wonder if they don’t recognize human women any longer.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Seriously, not robots so much, as literally brainwashed by cult indoctrination. They have turned their followers into fearful, paranoid servants with constant fearporn, repetition, and promises of salvation.

  • LoveSW_Prequels

    Short hair on women is super hot. Long hair is a huge liability as well

  • bobbert

    I’ll go with “adorable”

    • NationalGalleryofClipArt

      I believe she is a natural born lady, as well. But will she still offer to doff her top as proof? I bet she has nice breasteses, is all.

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  • Jukesgrrl

    She apologized to her Mom for swearing. She can’t be a liar! I like Aimée and would be happy to hear from her any time she gets a fire under her ass. I also like the term “trans panic.” Does it never occur to people like that rude bitch in Danbury that it’s weird she’s seeing trans people in the bathrooms in the exact same month this topic came up in North Carolina? Where does she suppose they’ve been hiding up until now?

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    The bigots claim that transgender people want to spy on children in bathrooms. It appears that haters are the only ones who want to spy on people in bathrooms.

    • ThirdAmendmentMan

      They figure that because they want to stalk children in bathrooms, everyone must!

      • Mimihaha

        Then they must think transpeople are the more highly skilled competition.

  • SeeTrain65

    I hoped the fact about cutting her hair for children with cancer would be there, and sure enough, it was. Good on ya, Dok. And good on Aimee.

    Personally, though, my favorite stupid comment was “The pervvy liberals started it.”

  • NationalGalleryofClipArt

    I’ll just content myself to blame Steven Hatfill for this latest Tranthrax* scare.

    *Also the name of an all-trans Anthrax cover band. See them open for Dread & Lez Zeppelin.

  • TeeRaak

    Fear:
    Ask for it by name at this summer’s RNC convention!
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/H9A8hsi0lzG2A/200w.gif

  • starfanglednut

    This whole trans bathroom thing makes my head hurt.

    Did her accoster think Toms, due to her appearance, was a trans guy? Aren’t those the men they insist should use the women’s room?

    Or did she think she was a trans woman, who dresses and cuts her hair boyishly to call her gender identity into question? Because that sure happens all the time.

    Or did she think she was a cis man who came into the women’s room to rape some unsuspecting republican’s daughter, but didn’t bother to create a reasonable disguise?

    The whole thought process surrounding this issue is completely incoherent. It would be funny if it didn’t put the lives of trans people in jeopardy.

  • Just like libels to be blowing stories like this up to further their agenda. That woman in the Wal-Mart was jus’ doin’ her part. She wouldnna said nothing to that butchy dykie woman iffin she hadn’t thought it was a Save the Family fella dressed up as a woman to test the policy! She was jus’ tryin’ to make a stink outta what she thought was one of them thar policy testers to make the point. She’s embarrassed about it. Later she apologized and asked after that young woman’s pregnancy. See? No harm, no foul.

    Ding dang libels!

  • Seriously, someone is going to get shot over this.

    • SDGeoff

      Sadly, yes.

    • Brendan_M

      Sadly, the best we can hope for is that it is the panicked trans-hunter that gets shot, because this is America and the shooting will happen.

      • laineypc

        Hoping nobody gets shot.

        • Brendan_M

          Sure, but America…

  • WhyFelicia

    That’s considered really short hair? Fuck this, I’m staying inside until this all blows over.

    • bluicebank

      I know. Not very short. What the fuck are the hair standards in NC? You got to have Rapunzel-length flowing tresses or GTFO?

      • HorseChestnut

        This was in Connecticut

    • jangoodell

      Mine is shorter, but then someone might say I’m Manish. Oh, well

      • WhyFelicia

        Seriously, mine hasn’t been that long in years. Sure, I identify as queer, but still.

    • Frank Underboob

      IKR? I’ve had several girlfriends who look less feminine than this woman.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    “I hope your dog hates you and likes everyone else in your family more than you.”

    Jesus! This woman could give Wonketeers lessons in throwing shade, and she doesn’t even have to add “with votes”.

  • Jennifer McCormack

    Wouldn’t she be in the other bathroom. What an idiot. People are so ignorant.

    • Sophia.

      I had the same question…beyond the obvious, isn’t this why these bathroom laws WOULDN’T work? the bigot thought Aimee Toms was a man “masquerading” as a woman using the ladies’ room? or the bigot thought Aimee Toms was a woman dressed as a man using the ladies’ room (which is, I think, the intent of the NC law)?

      • Laurie Astroth

        So Victor/Victoria.

  • Peter Young

    Such a lot of good Christian folk seem to spend a lot of time perving on other people in public bathrooms. Just sayin’.

  • So basically the Republican Christians are trying to make women afraid of other women in the bathroom.

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