It seems to matter little that all this has been repeatedly debunked as statistical nonsense or swivel-eyed conspiracism. They arenâ€™t really propositions to be proved true or false â€“ they are ways of telegraphing disgust. Of signalling to those who fall outside normative conceptions of gender: â€˜you donâ€™t belong hereâ€™. This may be where we empty our bladders â€“ but the real filth is you.
There are zero confirmed cases of a man pretending to be a trans woman to commit sexual assault. Itâ€™s a fever dream of conservative culture war strategists and overly-online obsessives determined to forge a cover story for their own reheated prejudice. There are, however, many cases of cis men assaulting people in womenâ€™s bathrooms without such a pretence. As journalist Paris Lees has charted, there are many cases of gender-non-conforming cis women being stopped in public bathrooms on suspicion of existing-while-trans.