Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Trans-Gender Concerns Behind Spread of Unisex Restrooms

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The obsession with forcing the public into unisex multiple party public toilets is upon us again. Every few months another public body or school administrator suddenly finds toilets discriminatory because males and females are ah........different. And this difference really pisses them off. The latest is in Britain. Where the issue does not appear to be the apparatus, but rather the signage, when the worldwide toilet door depictions of a stick figure in a skirt signifying 'female' toilet was suddenly determined to be sexist.(duh).

Toilet signs 'too PC'

The traditional sign on the door of the Gents has been temporarily replaced with one that says 'toilets with urinals'.And the sign on the Ladies now simply says 'toilets' in a move to make the lavatories more inclusive for trans-gender students.

Jennie Killip, women's officer at the students' union, put forward the idea of installing the new signs after receiving complaints from trans-gender students about the facilities.She said: "The idea is that trans-gender people feel more comfortable using their student union."

Trans-gender people can face violence and abuse when they go into toilets and we wanted to provide a place where they can feel comfortable."I have had complaints from people who said we didn't have any facilities for them."

Frankly, it is unclear to DBKP why there will be any less violence directed at males knocking on a stall door in the "toilet without urinals". Or in the words of an actual lab rat in the social experiment: "Another student, who did not want to be named, said: "This is ridiculous..."

Norway has tackled this burning issue with a different approach.

Equality Watch: Boys Must Sit Like Girls To Pee In Norway School, Or Else!

It’s an entirely new definition of “Standing Room Only.” Or perhaps a new measure of “equality” has arrived.

Whatever it is, it has sparked a huge political debate at a school in Kristiansand, Norway, according to the Norwegian paper F├Ždrelandsvennen.

The trigger for the explosion of opinion? A decision in the local district that schoolboys must sit on toilet seats when urinating, not stand.

When word leaked out, parents were none too happy. The complete feminizing of Western males appeared to be the goal.

But why let all those urinals go to waste? If males are not allowed to use them, who will?

Ah, the women had some ideas there too.

The Europeans are decidedly constipated compared to their politically correct American counterparts. As the Boston Globe reports:

Emerson makes restrooms gender-neutral
Joins other schools after student pleas

Emerson has changed the signs that used to be aimed at a specific gender on 21 restrooms in campus buildings and one of the college's two dormitories.Emerson's changes, made in preparation for the upcoming school year, mirror moves by Tufts University and the University of Vermont, part of a small but growing number of universities modifying policies and facilities on behalf of transgender students. Several colleges have amended nondiscrimination policies to include gender identity, but student groups recently began pursuing more concrete changes, including gender-neutral housing, locker rooms, and bathrooms.

"This will bring more equal opportunities to the students of Emerson," said Jessica Ganon, a junior at Emerson who campaigned with fellow students to get the school to provide the gender-neutral bathrooms. "I am much happier that this makes life easier for others. I felt sorry for those who felt unsure of where to go."

That is strange. We here at DBKP never gave it a second thought. The idea that 98% of the population should feel uncomfortable because of the concerns of a few challenged individuals never even crossed our minds.

"A harassment experience doesn't have to be physical," said Rik Haber, a 2007 graduate of Emerson identified as gender-queer, a term for those who identity their gender outside of male or female. "It is about feeling comfortable going to the bathroom."

I don't know what reception Riki ( if that really is his name) expected to get when he tried to tinkle in the girls room, but I bet it was unpleasant.

Both for him and the girls. And that puts the lie to this social tink[l]ering. Gays should be wanting to hang near the urinals. Lesbians like being with the girls. Guys fully expect the gays to use the Men's Room, Girls have similar expectations about lesbians. It is only the cross dressers that are at issue, a minority in society so small as to be socially infinitesimal.These are individuals that purposely put themselves on display and their fragile egos are hardly worthy of discomfitting the rest of society.

Speaking of which:

Pass the towels! Plans for coed locker rooms

The governing council in Montgomery County, Md., is considering adopting an "open doors" policy to its public restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities to meet the demands of a transgender "non-discrimination" plan, which would allow men into women's lockers and vice versa, a support group reports.

"In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the areas of employment and housing, Bill 23-07 adds 'public accommodation' to the list, causing many to question the judgment of allowing men who merely claim they feel female to have complete access to women's restrooms, showers and locker rooms in schools, and other places of public accommodation such as health clubs, swimming pools, and store dressing rooms," PFOX said in its statement about the issue.

The Montgomery County Council has voiced callousness and arrogance to the concerns of parents who object. When asked by a mother concerned about her 10-year-old daughter who swims at the Germantown Indoor Pool, where she must undress in front of women since there are no separate changing rooms, if under this law she could be changing next to a person with male genitals,

Council member George Leventhal responded via email: 'I cannot absolutely put to rest your concern that girls might find themselves in a locker room or dressing room in the presence of a person who expresses or asserts herself as a woman but who still has male genitals, but based on my own sense of the prevalence of that condition in the population, I think the likelihood of that occurring is remote'.

Well that makes everyone feel better. What could go wrong? After all, those seeking entry are the sexual oddities of society. But not to worry, I am sure many heterosexual students know exactly whose locker they want to be next to.

And we here at DBKP have noted another oddity: everyone of these proposals affects youth. Sort of like creepy adults vicariously reliving their younger years in a more explicit fashion.

In order to lend a more scientific approach to our topic, DBKP interviewed our resident expert on such matters, the pulchritudinous LBG. Her answer was concise.

"I think UNISEX bathrooms are a bad idea. I imagine if you poll others you'll get the same answer.
Women do not want men in their bathroom, public or private. There are too many weirdos. It also allows pedophiles access to little kids.
So it's a matter of "safety" for me, for women, and for kids."


Sort of like males not wanting to have to use the urinal while a lesbian combs her hair at the sink with an Ace #5, making small talk about her date the night before.

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