Democratic delegate Mia Satya was boarding a plane at Reagan International Airport in order to travel to Philadelphia for the convention. Now, some airline scanners have a button which the operator must press in order to identify which gender the person being scanned appears to be. Mia’s scanner had one and she fell into that small group of individuals in America who appears to require a “female button press” when here physiology actually requires a “male button press.” But because the operator hadn’t experienced this sort of mishap before she was awkwardly told that she had a “genital anomaly” which would interfere with ability to board a plane on time. She handled it as graciously as could be imagined.
But a simple “yup that’s my penis” wasn’t enough for the unnamed security agent. He then insisted that Ms. Satya step out of line to be taken to a more secluded room where she was thoroughly checked for any non-genital “anomalies.” She told the San Francisco examiner that the TSA agent then:
…touched my thighs [on] both sides and the entirety of my panties from my balls and the front to the bottom of my dick.
I have no doubt that there will be people in America who hear this story and see nothing wrong with. Perhaps not the sort of person who’d bother reading this blog but out there – I’m sure – there are people who want dicks to be checked for drugs. Just not their dicks. Unless it’s by a pretty lady, right boys? Nudge, nudge.
I wonder though how many of these people would react if they were in the same situation. What if a big sweaty man told you that your dick was too small or too large and he needed to touch it through your underwear with his big sweaty hands in order to make sure it wasn’t something other than a penis? Or what if a particularly androgynous looking woman was boarding a plane and her operator clicked the “man button?” Would you be okay if that woman then made it to second base with a guy looking for her secret vagina gun?
If we’re going to get defensive about gender all of the sudden then we need to protect all Americans equally. We are certainly defensive when it comes to bathrooms. People are attacking each other for entering the “wrong” room. Some of these people don’t even turn out to be transgendered. One woman was arrested in the woman’s bathroom by police because they didn’t believe she was a woman. Another biological woman was beaten and hospitalized for being “too butch” even though she entered the women’s restroom in accordance with her state’s birth certificate bathroom law. We still haven’t had that massive surge in bathroom rape that conservative divas like Ted Cruz told us to watch for. Instead we seem to be endangering trans people with our ignorant overreactions.
And now the TSA’s getting in on the action. There is no good reason to assume that a penis is more dangerous if it’s attached to someone who’s wearing make-up and a skirt. I know some of us aren’t ready to call anyone with a penis a woman. But can we at least decide that they shouldn’t have said penis touched if they don’t want to? I wouldn’t want some random person touching mine. I just get a pass for being a fat guy in cargo pants.
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