Just So You KNOW Why the Picture’s on the Wall Outside the Door

…next time you’re tempted to go into the bathroom with the little silhouette of YOUR gender on it.

Sex-Segregated Public Restrooms Are an Outdated Relic of Victorian Paternalism

“…Many states follow the guidelines laid out in the Uniform Plumbing Code, which stipulates that “separate toilet facilities shall be provided for each sex,” with exceptions for very small businesses as measured in square footage and/or customer traffic. In the eyes of the law in these places, a business with two unisex toilets can be considered to have no toilets at all, since neither facility explicitly serves men or women.

Such laws date back to 1887, according to Terry S. Kogan, a University of Utah law professor and a contributor to the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing. One hundred and twenty-seven years ago, Massachusetts passed the first law mandating gender-segregated toilets, and many states quickly followed suit. Many of those laws have never been substantially modified, with obvious exceptions in progressive enclaves like D.C. and San Francisco, meaning that much of the United States’ toilet-related building codes reflect a literally Victorian prudishness that we might mock in other contexts…”

Where he makes his mistake is that me and my thugs have NO PROBLEM invading the men’s room when the ladies’ line becomes overwhelmingly long, or there’s only two single bathrooms. The thing is, we make sure THERE ARE NO MEN IN THE HEAD when we do it. It’s being polite, not Victorian. Also, I have no desire to share a toilet with a strange man (whatever SEX he’s claiming at the time), so add selfish to that list as well.

11 Responses to “Just So You KNOW Why the Picture’s on the Wall Outside the Door”

  1. Dr Alice says:

    That proposition made me realize that these numbnuts are bent on ironing out every last difference between people, no matter how intimate or personal. Because as we all know, DIFFERENT = BAD. Kurt Vonnegut never even dreamed of crap like this when he was writing “Harrison Bergeron.”

  2. Syd B. says:

    When I’m out golfing, I always use the Ladies’ washroom and, by the way, I leave the toilet seat up.

  3. nightfly says:

    When being polite and normal is “hate,” then all bets are off: if folks are gonna be called “hateful” – and legally punished for same with force and fine – well, they’re gonna look for their money’s worth. And the bitter petty komissars responsible for it are gonna get a crash-course in the difference between their phony-baloney “hate” and the real thing.

  4. aelfheld says:

    Funny thing about Victorian prudishness, bastardy was around 11%, crime the exception rather than the rule, ethical behaviour the rule rather than the exception, and Nature was what we were put in this world to rise above.

  5. Gunslinger says:

    As soon as I saw the link goes to Slate, I knew I didn’t need to go any further.

    Slate (and sadly others as well) is populated by and caters to the “Change for change sake” crowd. They are convinced that any idea, institution, or belief that predates their existence must be scrapped and replaced with their brand of barely adolescent inanity, results be damned. People of that mindset are dangerous, especially in large groups.

  6. tree hugging sister says:

    You are a vile creature, Syd.

  7. Syd B. says:


  8. JeffS says:

    This is part of a campaign to establish perversion as the norm. Note the comments from some parts of the leftie universe that pedophilia is “acceptable” behavior.

  9. Kathy Kinsley says:

    I guess I’m one of your thugs. I also have “NO PROBLEM invading the men’s room when the ladies’ line becomes overwhelmingly long, or there’s only two single bathrooms. (Nor would I have a problem with men doing the same if the lines were the other way around – as long as they put the seat back DOWN when they were done…) 😛

  10. tree hugging sister says:

    Well, you KNOW you are! (like there’s a question or something)

  11. JeffS says:

    Having seen the lines to the ladies rooms at time, I can see why y’all borrow the gents when the coast is clear.

    I’ve been known to borrow the ladies when the need is extreme and the coast is clear.


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