Just when you think attempts by liberals to force unisex restrooms and showers on Houstonians couldn’t get stranger, aka the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, along comes Pulitzer prize winning Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg. In her latest screed against conservatives, Anti-ordinance campaign’s scare tactics need to be flushed, she proudly proclaims that conservatives are cleaner.
A personal question today: How do you feel about public restrooms?
Do you see them as useful facilities whose benefits far outweigh the occasional untidiness?
Or, are you so disgusted by public restrooms that you avoid them at all costs, entering only in the case of an emergency, and then, only with pinched nose and value-sized pump of anti-bacterial lotion?
Your answer may reveal something about your politics, according to Jonathan Haidt, a moral psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. The more grossed out you are by public restrooms, the more conservative you are likely to be – and vice versa.
Now, most of us already knew that but it was nice of her to point it out. I mean, just drive through a “red” area and then a “blue” area and it is quite obvious.
But she left out the most important part of that study.
Disgust – it’s an emotion we experience when we encounter things that are dirty, impure, or otherwise contaminated. From an evolutionary standpoint, experiencing the intense, visceral sense of revulsion that comes with disgust presumably helps us to avoid contaminants that can make us sick or even kill us. But new research suggests that disgust not only helps us to avoid impurities, it may also make us better able to see them.
That’s right. Those of us that are disgusted at uncleanliness have a better ability to discern uncleanliness in the first place.
So let’s think this through. If it is true that conservatives have a better ability to discern disgusting things, and Mrs. Falkenberg thinks it is true, then it follows that we should be the ones pointing out the problems with unisex restrooms and showers. Right?
Perhaps the reason that Mrs. Falkenberg and her friends can’t see the problems with the Houston UNequal Rights Ordinance is that wallowing in filth is simply not a problem in their world.