Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bathroom?

Our university campus has recently opened up a pair of multi-stall unisex bathrooms, ostensibly for the benefit of people like me (I had been press-ganged into sitting on the committee which implemented the proposal).

This apparently constitutes International News:


Now, I admit, gender inclusive washrooms (particularly those with more than one toilet) are hardly common, but why is this considered to be such a big issue?

When you think about it, these aren’t so much gender-inclusive washrooms as they are gender-inclusive sinks. What I mean by this is that, in a normal, segregated bathroom (see figure 1), genders mix freely outside, but within the bathroom itself there is only one gender.

Blue areas are gender-neutral, red are single-gendered

A gender-neutral bathroom, on the other hand, allows genders to mix freely both outside and inside, but the stalls are still single-gendered: namely, the gender of the person using them:

Blue areas are gender-neutral, red areas are single-gendered.

Critically, you will note, in both cases all naughty bits remain secluded in closed stalls, away from the prying eyes of other people regardless of gender.

This being the case, I fail to see how this is a big deal. I mean, I admit, it may feel a little awkward at first, but hey: at least you don’t have to meticulously plan your visits to the bathroom every time you want to take a piss so as to avoid getting beaten or screamed at.

You know: like some of us…


About thevenerablecorvex

I have the heart of a poet, the brain of a theoretical physicist, and the wingspan of an albatross. I am also notable for my humility.
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