We’re Not a Genderless Society

PolitiChicks.comThe world in 2015 is slightly backwards. Recently social media was flooded with the story of patron Yvette Cormier, a patron of Planet Fitness, who was stunned to walk into the women’s locker to find a man in there. Not a man dressed as a woman, but a man dressed as a man.  When Cormier complained to the staff, their response incomprehensible response was they have a “no judgment policy.”  Despite this, Cormier went back on several occasions to enlighten other female gym members of the gyms policy, as it is not advertised. The gym promptly revoked her membership.

The Director of public relations, McCall Gosselin, provided this email response to Cormier’s complaint:

“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members. Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity. The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled.”

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Interestingly, while it’s perfectly okay for a man to enter a woman’s locker room at Planet Fitness, women members of Planet Fitness must follow absurdly strict dress codes.

Woman kicked out of Planet Fitness because of her outfit.

In April 2014 a Planet Fitness patron, who was 18 weeks pregnant at the time, was asked to leave because she was wearing a tank top (see picture, left).

‘I can’t go to a gym where they would make someone feel bad about themselves when they are trying to stay in shape,’ she said.

‘It’s hard enough to get motivated as it is without being made to feel like my body is offensive and that I’m dressed inappropriately.’

Something is amiss here.  For one, no sane parent would (or should) allow their little girl or boy in a restroom or locker room with an adult man in there. Tolerance sounds good in theory, but in practice it allows society to drown in muck and mire. According to this warped thinking, people are supposed to disregard the fact that evil exists and to “trust” that someone who claims to identify as a woman could, in fact, be a rapist, or a voyeur with nefarious intent.

These atrocities seem to be across the board with no end in sight. Americans should be concerned and should fight back. We’re not a genderless society, and we cannot eliminate the terms “male and female” on the whim of a very small minority of people.

Barbara Cook

Barbara J. Cook (Cookie) is enjoying living in the panhandle of Florida educating special needs children in a middle school (ask her about it sometime!). In order to de-stress, Barbara runs, reads, and writes, and yes, she cooks too: http://recipesbycooki.blogspot.com/ (that's another reason she runs!) She lives with her Mr. Cookie and chickens, dogs, cats and various others. Growing up in Europe as a child and spending several years as a military wife, Cookie learned to appreciate and respect diversity in people choosing to live by the phrase, agree to disagree. What is important to Cookie is family, faith, and fun. Cookie is involved in PolitiChicks because she says 'if we don't, who will?' Visit her website at: http://bjc.hubpages.com/ and https://www.asmileisallittakes.com

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