CROTCH WATCH: NORTH CAROLINA & SOUTH CAROLINA

I've been gone for a while because of a car accident. Enough said. I thought I get back into the flow of things by bringing up a subject many in the United States are frightened by--SEX!

(The sign on the right is in a Kroger grocery store in Texas. It has been there for more than 15 years. The same exist in Macy's and J.C Penny.)

Since South Carolina and North Carolina came out with their versions of "bathroom" bills, the response from organizations doing business in those states builds daily. Now, the United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, weighed in saying that federal government would sue the state over the law known as HB2.

Lynch, the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, compared North Carolina’s new law to ". . . state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security,” declaring:

"This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them – indeed, to protect all of us."

In response North Carolina's introduction of the law known as HB2, response from outside sources has been rapid and decisive. North Carolina and South Carolina are learning the hard way what their right-wing values get them in the end. Now just the proposal of a so-called “bathroom bill” in South Carolina prompted many companies to boycott the state.It doesn't stop there.

Basketball legend Charles Barkley is calling on the NBA to move the All-Star game from Raliegh, NC. Aside from Barkley, Openly gay CEO of Uphold, decided that he will move his company which has handled $830 million transactions in financial services to Los Angeles. That's just a touch of the hornet's nest the "bathroom bills" have stirred. South Carolina started it but now the weight is falling on North Carolina.

Now, companies such as Deutsche Bank, PayPal, General Electric, DOW Chemical, Pepsi, Hyatt, Levis Strauss & Co., Lionsgate, Hewlett Packard, Choice Hotels International, Bruce Springsteen and more big names joined in a boycott against the state because of its repressive and discriminatory sexual practices. In the Bible Belt, this new law is squelching profits and taking away jobs. Perhaps, the most embarrassing blow among those boycotts is the decision by XHamster, the largest pornography site in the United States, to stop all services in North Carolina.

It will be interesting to see if bucks or butts win out.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 30, 2016 at 7:48pm

Hey Tom--I refer to the GOP as modern day Luddites if that isn't redundant. They are out of the loop.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 29, 2016 at 1:43am

I'm a closet voyeur. ...beaches are my favorite, especially Australian beaches.

Australian beaches have closets?

Why not? I used fresh water showers on Daytona Beach beaches. No walls around them.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 28, 2016 at 4:08pm
Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 27, 2016 at 11:47am

Jay--I'm a closet voyeur. However, doing it in a public bathroom is not my choice of venues. I'm the guy who does the sneak peeking on the beach or in the office. I am not a very good one though because I always get caught. Nevertheless, beaches are my favorite, especially Australian beaches.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 27, 2016 at 11:28am

Michael--The other day I decided to take a chance and go into a Unisex bathroom. I made sure no one was in there by waiting outside. Finally, after deciding the time was right, I went in and was immediately disappointed. It looked liked any other bathroom I've seen except the urinals were in stalls as were the toilets. The hand wash area was unisex, but that was it. Nothing. Then, I got the hell out of there. 

Comment by Michael Penn on May 27, 2016 at 6:22am

Not possible to remove "voyeurs and others." Yeah, that sounds like a valid fear alright. Pass a transgender bathroom law and people just come in to watch. 

If any of my remarks are mistaken in any way let's put it on the record that people of all types have always went to bathrooms. This is the part that the hysterical seem to be missing. Once that is understood the issue becomes a non-issue.

Comment by jay H on May 27, 2016 at 5:52am

Michael Penn:. There is a sudden fear that people are disguising themselves to appear as what they are not.

This situation has existed all along, but it was possible to legally remove voyeurs and others (and that has frequently happened). The concern is that there will be no legal recourse to such individuals, the instances will greatly increase.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 23, 2016 at 1:50am

The law's purpose is to frighten conservatives into voting for the GOP.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on May 22, 2016 at 4:05pm

Thanks Loren and Carolyn. I'll be headed to the video.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2016 at 12:22pm

I'm pretty sure Carolyn is referring to Trae Crowder, otherwise known as the Liberal Redneck, whom Seth Andrews interviewed in the video she referenced and whose YouTube commentary has pretty well nailed the NC bathroom freakout cases!

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