How do we calm our girls’ restroom fears?

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As a dad of daughters, this story ticks me off to no end.

Apparently, a number of girls attending public schools are refusing to drink anything from the moment they wake up in the morning until the school bell rings in the afternoon.  Why? So they don’t have to enter a restroom where they are likely to encounter biological males who think — or claim — to be girls themselves.

Carl R. Trueman, a professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College and a senior fellow at the Institute for Faith and Freedom, wrote a column at First Things First about the challenge facing pastors and parents in responding to this issue.

He called it a “first world problem” created by the “chattering classes” who talk about the need to make transgendered students feel “safe” by forcing all biological females to fear for their safety. Second and third world countries whose citizens daily wonder where their next meal is coming from don’t have time to address the desires of the “transgendered.”

In America and the rest of the developed world, this is a serious problem for pastors. When the Bible tells us to obey our earthly rulers in Romans 13:1-6 because God established them in their positions, it doesn’t make sense that God would want us to ignore his own word on people being created as as either male or female (Genesis 5:2).

In Romans, Paul wrote, “Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.” Yet, on this issue, if our girls are commended for doing “what is right” in government’s eyes by accepting males into their restrooms, don’t they risk being humiliated or worse by males who choose to violate God’s natural laws?

Okay, mask mandates may be nonsensical, unnecessary and illogical because they serve no purpose other than to convey to fearful people that the government is “doing something” about trying to control a microscopic virus that kills four out of a thousand people sickened by COVID.

The mandates make me angry and disgusted, but I do it. Because to rebel against government authorities over this issue is to rebel against the authorities God instituted.

However, Acts 5:29 gives us a completely different instruction for complying with other government edicts. Peter said, “We must obey God rather than human beings!”

I can’t believe for one second that Paul had the foresight to know that the world would be so confused 2,000 years later that people wouldn’t know for sure if they were male or female. I am also certain that God would never intend for his female children to fear for their safety or risk a burst bladder because some screwball feels entitled to use their restroom.

A possible solution

I have a solution to this mess, if the girls are willing to work for it.

Perhaps they should claim a larger restroom in a central location as their own — even if it angers school officials or government leaders in the process. Then, the girls should prevent entrance to that room for everyone who is not biologically female.

There is strength in numbers, plus I suspect the girls would be able to elicit some sympathetic male volunteers to help stand guard outside the door as well. Anyone who is not a biological female would be denied entrance to that restroom without exception.

When it comes to gym class, I suggest that the girls refuse to wear anything but street clothes until they can be assured they can undress, shower and dress again without fear of being exposed to confused individuals or those who are jumping through a loophole to exploit the girls.

Yes, the girls and their defenders will face disciplinary action, but I also believe that others will quickly come to their aid in a court of law and the court of public opinion to protect the girls’ right to feel safe at school.

When my daughters were in school, I made it crystal clear to them that I would back them up if they ever decided to take action to protect themselves or someone else. I told them that I would fight a suspension — legally, if necessary — if they ever got in trouble for fighting back.

In his article, Trueman wrote, “Well, these biological women no longer feel safe. Their spaces, like their gender, have been stolen from them by men and for men. They now feel themselves to be in such danger that they cannot even hydrate before school lest they have to use the restroom during the day.

“Because of the Biden administration’s transgender policies, some girls will be subject to voyeurism and assault in the very place where they should be guaranteed privacy and safety,” he added. “Some female prisoners will be raped by men pretending to be women in a place where the state has confined them. Tragedies will flow from this. Of that there can be no doubt.”

It is well past time to draw a line in the sand to oppose this transgendered nonsense.

Trueman’s column can be found at

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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