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House Bill 2 and the Myth of the Bathroom Predator: Exploring Gendered Assumptions in the Context of "Livable Lives" in Policy Making

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House Bill 2, a piece of legislation that was passed in March 2016, became a national phenomenon. HB2, or the bathroom predator bill as it was referred to in the media, had four parts. This project focuses on part 1, which mandated that all persons use the bathroom that corresponded with the sex that appears on their birth certificate. This bill was a response to a Charlotte Ordinance that created legal protections for individuals to use the restroom that best matched their internal gender identity, and not their physical anatomy when using public restrooms. The popular argument that circulated as to why the Charlotte Ordinance was a bad idea, both in the House Floor debate and in the media, was that “biological men” would invade women’s restrooms to commit harm to them under the guise of identifying with being a woman, even though they truly didn’t identify that way.
subject
Bathroom Predator
Gender
House Bill 2
Livable Lives
Trans
contributor
Rippetoe, Samantha Janette (author)
Atchison, Robert J (committee chair)
Von Burg, Alessandra (committee member)
McCauliff, Kristen (committee member)
date
2017-06-15T08:36:20Z (accessioned)
2017-06-15T08:36:20Z (available)
2017 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/82256 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
House Bill 2 and the Myth of the Bathroom Predator: Exploring Gendered Assumptions in the Context of "Livable Lives" in Policy Making
type
Thesis

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