This article was written by Jessica Fisher
The headline read rather plainly, “Transgender Woman Arrested for Exposing Breasts, Jailed With Men”
The chief deputy tells the local new station, “First off, Ashley is still a man.”
The chief deputy says, don’t worry, “We do have a policy in place. Typically we put them in isolation.”
“Them” who, deputy? The freaks? The faggots? The queers? “Them” who, deputy?
The real fun part is realizing this woman was arrested for indecent exposure of her breasts and yet they still forced her into a male cell.
This isn’t simply your run of the mill bigotry. This is hypocrisy. Maybe we ignore that it’s okay for a man to show his nipples in public while breasts remain illegal, maybe we accept that she was breaking the law, and maybe we buy into the idea that ignorance of the law is no excuse, but even coming that far it still seems insurmountable to ignore the fact that these police officers arrested a woman for exposing her breasts and then still decided to dictate to her what her gender was.
The problem here is that a woman was victimized. The problem here is that we live in a society where we’re supposed to be ashamed of our bodies, even if they’re the ones we’ve worked to be proud of all of our lives. The problem of separating prisoners into two categories and two categories alone, and having those two categories be by genitalia and whatever discretion a chief deputy makes is that it ostracizes people, separates them from any socializing, puts them in high anxiety situations of fear and uncertainty, but it also reinforces a toxic gender binary.
That deputy, that police department, and every police department should be considerate and thoughtful not of genitalia, but of gender identity.
Hypothetically speaking, however, let’s say someone in Ashley’s position wanted to get Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS), so that if they may ever get arrested for some heinous law like ‘indecent exposure’ they may not have to be housed or held opposite of their gender identity. SRS can cost anywhere from $15,000-$25,000-$50,000 depending on if an individual is having their genitalia, chest and/or face operated on (Costhelper.com).
The patriarchal society is asking people like Ashley to pay these kinds of sums of money to capitulate to a binary they may not even agree with, only so they won’t be mistreated.
This is reason number five trillion and seventy-two of why we must smash the patriarchy. No one deserves mistreatment, especially from those who claim to ‘serve and protect’, simply because they don’t fit nicely into a gender binary.