For the most part you all said that you have no problem sharing a bathroom with the opposite sex, and that gender-less restrooms are not an issue for you. Here’s where I stand on the entire issue. To be clear, I have not got a single problem with a trans person being in the same restroom with me, this is not where I see the problem. If you’re a woman, use the woman’s bathroom, if you’re a man, use the men’s. Period.
I also don’t care about single contained restrooms, with one toilet, one sink, one door being gender neutral. Have at it. And as some of you pointed out, the men move through the restroom line WAY FASTER than us girls, so huge benefit to us ladies. So, if it is a single stand alone restroom, thumbs up, I don’t mind sharing it. I don’t love it, but don’t have a problem with this.
My concern lies here.
If you have a public restroom that has dozens of stalls already, for example like what you find at a sporting venue, or a theatre, I don’t think these should be gender-less. I believe that these should remain women’s and men’s bathrooms.
Well I’m going to tell you why. I feel that we live in a time where there are lots of crazy, unstable, predatory people and I truly don’t believe that women, and young girls should be subjected to entering one of these large public facilities and potentially end up running into a sexual predator. Now, some of you may argue that they can wander in and lie in wait regardless of what picture is on the door, and you’re not wrong, this has actually happened. But, rarely. My concern with this notion that anybody can go into any public restroom anywhere, male or female is that it’s like handing out a license to the unhinged bad apples to walk into any restroom anywhere without alerting anybody to this being “abnormal” and potentially predatory behaviour.
This is where I see the issue, and I think it is both a serious, and potentially dangerous one. I don’t get it, and I don’t see why anybody regardless of what they identify as would think that this is more important than public safety? This part of the argument perplexes me. Like why does it matter so much that the public restrooms be without a gender? I mean I don’t care what you are, what you used to be, and what you currently think you are. Where I come from there are two genders. Female. Male. Sorry but you won’t change my mind on this.
Something you’ll never see me get on side with however, is the argument that some right wing people are running with. They’re all bent out of shape about having homosexual people in their bathrooms, and trans people…blah blah fucking blah. Who cares about this. We’re not talking about people who identify, and live their lives as the gender of the restroom they want to use we’re talking about being a danger to other people in the restroom. From where I sit, the potential for this to allow the wrong type of people into a restroom to assault, or worse, abduct people is simply too great a risk, in my opinion. I mean we’ve all read stories, and seen news reports where men have installed cameras in women’s restrooms, do we really need to openly allow these sort men into women’s bathrooms??? I mean really??? I for one truly hope and pray that the only bathrooms that end up without a gender on the door are the single occupancy ones. If they start doing it with large multi stall restrooms, well, I guess this bitch will start wearing a diaper.