Just recently Macy's has fired one of its employees for refusing to allow a man dressed in women's clothing to use the women's dressing room. Allowing anyone who says they're a woman, physical evidence not withstanding, to use the women's dressing room, is apparently a Macy's policy.
My wife of course points out that a crossdressed man would creep her out were she in such a dressing room. In that feeling, she's hardly atypical, just perhaps a bit more honest about her opinions than most. Judging from the comments on the story, her decision to avoid patronizing Macy's isn't abnormal either.
It occurs to me that perhaps the way to deal with this sort of thing is to deliberately heighten the contradictions. Hire some actors to be incredibly obnoxious, but legal crossdressers---think fat guys in floral dresses, and have them parade around through wherever such policies are in place, creeping out all of the customers with similar feelings to my wife. After all, Macy's and similar establishments shouldn't want business from such wanton bigots as my wife, should they?
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