By Melody Colunga
In hopes of facilitating a “holistic” toileting experience, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is paying students who identify as “transgender” or “non-binary” to journal about their use of restrooms that do not align with their biological sex, according to a tip received through Young America’s Foundation’s Campus Bias Tip Line.
“Toilets and their usage must become a topic of open conversation,” a page on the university’s website states. “During this Fall 2022 semester, we are interested in collecting anonymous ‘journal entries’ from users, particularly members of the trans and gender nonconforming community, addressing the good and bad about toileting within the University Library and across campus,” it continues.
Participants are instructed to complete written reflections about their toilet usage and take pictures as needed. Examples of journal entries are provided.
“My girls and I are inseparable…except when we have to pee! Because they are cis women and I’m a trans woman, I have to use a different bathroom all by myself,” one example states. The fictional male identifying as a woman in the aforementioned example goes on to complain that he can’t socialize in the restroom and borrow makeup from his female friends.
Another example journal entry imagines a scenario in which a student is worried about being harassed while walking down a poorly-lit corridor on the way to a nearby “all-gender” restroom.
Clearly, the University of Illinois is going to great lengths to invent imaginary problems on behalf of its chosen victim group. What about biological men and women? Shouldn’t their concerns be heard? Many females are very uncomfortable with men being in the restroom with them.
Hannah Jones, a primary researcher on the project, told Young America’s Foundation that she was not prepared to answer any questions. She did confirm, however, that “cisgender” (non-transgender) students are not welcome to participate in the focus group.
This entire situation seems like something straight out of the Babylon Bee. How have we gotten to a point where men who like to use the women’s restroom are receiving taxpayer and tuition dollars in exchange for reflections on their “toileting experiences?”