March 04, 2005

Wicked Pissah

Ann Althouse picks up on an NYTimes article about the drive to "de-gender" restrooms, both on college campuses and elsewhere.

Been there, done that. (Boy, don't you just hate that expression?) 22 years ago, as a fresher at the Glorious Workers' Soviet of Middletown, I was introduced to the concept of unisex dorm bathrooms. Eh.

The rationale seems to be a bit different these days. Back then, it was all about being equal (i.e., nobody had to slog upstairs to go potty or take a shower). Here, it all seems to be about providing camoflage for what the article helpfully describes as "transsexuals, cross-dressers and those with a fluid, androgynous identity who do not consider themselves completely male or female". The theory seems to be that a cross-dresser is less likely to get beat up by a redneck truck driver if they're both using a restroom that is "all inclusive" instead of men-only. My opinion? Don't bet on it.

Posted by Robert at March 4, 2005 12:39 PM
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