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Wi Spa indecency case exposes the anti-woman thrust of trans ideology

Just a few years ago, the situation would have been unimaginable: A group of women, including a minor girl, were undressed in what they thought was the safety of a women’s changing room in a spa, when they found themselves exposed to a nude man. He was mingling among them, his penis allegedly erect.

When they complained to the spa, they were told the man had every right to be in the area, and worse, the law was on the side not of the victimized and vulnerable women — but of the man. 

That’s what happened at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles, a situation that made national headlines in June. The incident led to protests, which at times turned violent, between those who wanted to keep women’s spaces strictly for biological women and those who smeared the first group as bigoted and “transphobic.” 

Women concerned about their safety were left with nowhere to turn, with no way to keep themselves shielded not just in the women’s-only area in Wi Spa, but anywhere in California, where women once had the most basic expectations of bodily privacy. 

Inspiringly, the women who found themselves at the center of the Wi Spa firestorm are still fighting back. Despite violent protests — including by leftist men angrily shouting down women who dared speak against the opening of private female spaces to any man claiming a subjective female identity — they refuse to be silenced. 

This week, The Post reported that indecent-exposure charges have been “discreetly” filed against the Wi Spa intruder. “Sources with knowledge of the case but not authorized to speak publicly say four women and a minor girl came forward to allege that Darren Agee Merager was partially erect in the women’s section of Wi Spa.” Merager denied the allegations and claimed, preposterously, to be a victim of “transphobic harassment.”

This isn’t Merager’s first run-in with the law on this issue. The Post also reported, “Law-enforcement sources revealed that Merager is a tier-one registered sex offender with two prior convictions of indecent exposure stemming from incidents in 2002 and 2003 in California.” Merager declined to comment on the earlier convictions. In 2008, Merager was also convicted for failing to register as a sex offender.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was apparently on to the game, with an internal flyer from 2018 explaining, “Merager claims to identify as female so he can access women’s locker rooms and showers.” 

Up until now, the women Merager barged in on at Wi Spa and elsewhere were powerless (there are also six unrelated felony counts of indecent exposure over a separate locker-room incident in December 2018. Los Angeles County prosecutors accuse Merager of indecent exposure to women and children in a changing area at a swimming pool in West Hollywood Park). 

With these legal charges, that changes. 

They aren’t, as Merager narcissistically alleges, a case of “transphobic harassment.” The decision to file charges is an attempt by women to protect themselves from those using California’s transgender law as an avenue to safely intrude on private female spaces. 

The argument that this is a case of harassment is typical of transgender advocates when faced with questions of where their rights begin and those of biological women end. We’re told that biological males have to be granted entry into private female spaces in order to protect the feelings of these biological males, and that their feelings take precedence over the physical and emotional well-being of any biological women present. 

The women of Wi Spa did not seek out Merager to perpetrate a campaign of harassment. Their decision to file charges is merely a tool, their only tool at that, of self-defense. 

The powers that be in California have a choice while they deliberate on these charges as well as laws that would shield others from prosecution in similar cases: They can protect women against someone like Merager, who routinely walks into protected female-only spaces, or they can keep those areas safe for women from men who use “transgender rights” as a smokescreen to victimize women. 

Twitter: @BethanyShondark

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