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Subject: Re: TO THIS WE'VE COME . . .
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Sat, 1 Apr 2017 22:08:41 -0400
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"So why, therefore, did he make this "proclamation"  at all?  The only 
reason I can find as an even possible explanation is that  he wanted, quite 
deliberately, for the House to come down publicly on the  conservative side 
of a very controversial issue, without the House APPEARING to  dabble in 
politics."

Well, actually, there is a very obvious alternative explanation.  (Obvious, that is, to anyone 
whose thinking has not been muddled by contemporary PC dogma.)

The overwhelming majority of people in this country, particularly women, do not want to 
share a communal restroom (or locker room) with members of the opposite sex.  (This 
includes people who reside outside the State of North Carolina.)  So, there are competing 
sensibilities at work here: those of the transgendered, who want to use restrooms based on 
their subjective gender identity; and those of biological women and men who don't want to 
share a restroom with persons of the biological opposite sex.  The latter sensibility is 
entitled to at least the same consideration and respect as the former.  Gelb chose the latter.  
And given that the latter position undoubtably reflects the views of a large number of Met 
patrons, if not the majority of them (particularly the women), I don't think one can say that 
his choice was an unreasonable one.  To suggest that it was based on a desire to cater to 
"the conservative side" is loony, given Gelb's own left-wing leanings and the PC sensibility 
demonstrated in his silly no-dark-makeup policy for Otello, Aida, Monastatos, and 
(presumably) the Emperor Jones, Selika and the Marschallin's page in "Der Rosenkavalier."

Now, the practical enforceability of this bathroom policy - which, let us remember, is not a 
radical new policy but merely a declaration of the continuation of the one that has been in 
effect since the Met's inception - is another issue entirely.  But then, the Met's policy of 
people only sitting in the seat assigned to them on their ticket is not really enforceable, 
either, in most cases.  (As a great many Listers know and take advantage of.)  Nor is their 
policy of no recording during performances.  (Ditto, to some around here.)  But those 
policies nevertheless each serve a valid purpose.  As does Gelb's new Declaration of Potty 
Rights. 

MDW

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