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October 27, 2004

... Then They Came for the Urinals

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at an email that Mike Adams shares today:

Based on the facilities that we have in (deleted), our recommendation and request is that both gendered bathrooms on the second floor of (deleted) be made gender-neutral. By this we mean that people of all genders be able to use either of the multi-stalled restrooms on the second floor. The urinals that are currently in one of these bathrooms will be shut down.

I'm also not sure whether to despair or hope. It's sad that the question can even be asked with a straight face (no pun intended), but don't you find it at least conceivable that some not insignificant number of men who are disinclined to join the battle over marriage — for whatever reason — would decide that the "tolerance" movement has just gone too far the day they walk in what used to be a men's room and discover cardboard barricades on all of the urinals?

Posted by Justin Katz at October 27, 2004 8:02 PM

This has been coming for a long time -- several years actually (I'm suprised if this idea is new to you Justin). Theres something sadly -- pathetically even -- Freudian about feminism these days.

Posted by: Marty at October 27, 2004 9:55 PM

O Good lord -- DO read the whole peice, it's disgusting in its hypersexualized absurdity. The good news, i guess, is that i can now walk into the ladies room at University of (Deleted) whenever i feel like it. Sorry girls, anything for diversity and tolerance you know...

Posted by: Marty at October 27, 2004 10:01 PM

Marty, I've heard of the concept before, but for some reason the urinal thing caught my attention this time.

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 27, 2004 10:36 PM

That's a great column, even by Mike Adams' standards. It's full of the sex-obsessed logic that we will see much more of unless we stop SSM.

My favorite part of Adams' column is that one of the sponsoring groups is called "Stop Hate on Campus." Apparently we can't stop hate on campus until everyone has to sit down to pee.

Posted by: Ben Bateman at October 28, 2004 12:47 AM

Don't forget girls...
If you sprinkle when you tinkle,
Be a sweetie and wipe the seatie!

p.s. If there are any other Kentucky readers out there, please vote YES to Amendment 1!

Posted by: smmtheory at October 28, 2004 1:39 AM

Thinking about this unisex bathroom nonsense a little more, it's the women who would really suffer. I share a bathroom with men at work and women at home. Sharing with women is much better.

Posted by: Ben Bateman at October 28, 2004 2:21 AM

Let me read the article...we discussed this issue in Employment Law (when I had it in the late 90s, with radical feminist law professor, Marina Angel -- so of course, she supported the idea). Unisex bathrooms have been implemented in some college dorms. A female colleague of mine had the experience in the Lafayette dorms. She said she enjoyed the experience.

However, there is the whole issue of "female" privacy from male sexual predation. So what was the solution? Adopt a "female" only bathrooms. But not "male only" ones. So there were 2 types of bathrooms: "Unisex" and "female." I wonder if Adams' article says something similar.

Posted by: Jon Rowe at October 28, 2004 10:09 AM

This crusade on bathrooms isn't feminist; it's transgendered. For those lost to sex obsession, two genders is not nearly enough. The gender confused see a men's room and women's room, and aren't sure which to use. Why should society put them to such a cruel choice? Why should their odd sexual status cause them any discomfort? So they want everyone else to suffer inconvenience instead.

It seems to track pro-SSM thinking perfectly.

Posted by: Ben Bateman at October 28, 2004 1:26 PM

"This crusade on bathrooms isn't feminist; it's transgendered."

Maybe this particular incident. But there is a larger crusade for unisex bathrooms, one that has been going on for years, put forth by feminist on the grounds that no legal or public distinctions ought to be drawn on the basis of gender. Therefore, segregating bathrooms by gender is the same as segregrating bathrooms by race.

Posted by: Jon Rowe at October 28, 2004 2:12 PM

Jon is right, and i can't wait to visit a toilet full of hot chicks! Just think!

Then again, his earlier post pointed to an uglier reality...

Some people spend WAY too much time thinking about thier genetalia... and the excrement that naturally oozes forth...

Posted by: Marty at October 28, 2004 8:01 PM

"put forth by feminist on the grounds that no legal or public distinctions ought to be drawn on the basis of gender"

Great, then we can get rid of gender-based affirmative action...

Posted by: Mike S. at October 29, 2004 3:18 PM

To be honest, it's a wonderful idea! Anyone with gender issues will know how difficult it can be for some men. And, so far as I can see, have no benefits over the cubicle kind (except the latter may be more hygenic)

And for Christians out there (I'm not one by the way!) The bible clearly forbids urinals.

"Here I am bringing calamity upon you; and I shall certainly make a clean sweep after you and cut off from A´hab anyone urinating against a wall"...

Posted by: thefraj at September 8, 2005 10:35 AM