I'm not talking about bathrooms with a bunch of stalls or whatnot.
I'm talking about a restroom that looks very much like the bathroom in your house; it has a toilet, a sink (in full view of the toilet), maybe a mirror etc.
Many establishments, especially non-chain restaurants, seem to have two bathrooms like this and they're often marked as a "men's" and "women's" room respectively.
This is dumb, inefficient, and quite possibly discriminatory (see North Carolina bathroom nonsense).
It's dumb because only one person goes in the bathroom at a time so there's no shared-space argument to be had there.
I'm expecting to be alone in there and so I better not see anyone else come in while I'm using it, regardless of their gender.
It's inefficient because it means that fully 50% of the time that two random people approach two empty bathrooms one of them has to wait.
And it's discriminatory because by gendering the bathrooms unnecessarily you're forcing someone to gender identify unnecessarily in order to use one.
The only arguments I can anticipate in favor of gendering these bathrooms is as follows (and I enumerate them here to indicate that I reject them for the reasons that follow):
1. *Urinals/feminine hygiene products are gross and women/men don't want to see that.
* If we made rules about bathrooms in our society based on "gross" there wouldn't be bathrooms at most gas stations and fast food restaurants anymore.
2. *Women's rooms often have changing tables and men's rooms often don't*. To which I say "and that is also stupid.
" Further, most places indicate the presence of a change table with a sign outside the restroom so we don't need to depend on gender norms to tell us where someone can change a diaper.
3. *It's required by law.* I mean, so was segregation for a while there. Laws can be changed, especially when they're dumb.
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