What does a gender neutral toilet look like? And why are people lobbying for them?
Every now and then, someone comes up with some weird notion and starts lobbying for its introduction in the law and the population’s general psyche. We’ve seen it all before, haven’t we? Women’s votes, the end of racial segregation and Apartheid, workers’ rights, and same-sex marriage. Why can’t people just be happy with what they have?
Well, because things suck, and we should strive for equality.
Gender neutral toilets and facilities may not affect me in any way; I identify as the gender I was assigned at birth, so I have no issue going into the Ladies’. Then again, I look like the idea most people have of what a woman should look like, so I doubt another woman would ever come up to me in a public toilet and say, “This is the Ladies’ toilet,” signifying that I must’ve made a mistake when choosing which toilet to enter.
Unfortunately, not everyone’s that lucky. Some people don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, and someone who looks like a man may not necessarily be a man. And how do you resolve that with the least amount of conflict and psychological trauma? Gender neutral toilets!
See, anyone can go into gender neutral toilets, regardless of their gender. It’s not a women-only or men-only toilet, and the key to these is not a penis or a vagina. So people who don’t identify as the gender they were assigned do not have to explain themselves every time they go to relieve themselves. They don’t have to withstand confused and angry looks, or be labelled as perverts for entering a toilet that doesn’t fit their assigned gender identity.
All this may be quite a revolutionary notion to get your head around… The idea that if a person looks like a man, talks like a man and acts like a man, then he surely must be a man who can use the Gents’, is flawed. In other words, although a dolphin can’t survive out of water, it’s still not a fish.
Gender really isn’t black and white, and for all the strides we’ve taken in terms of LGBT+ rights over the past years, certain simple yet crucial details have been missed. So, while gender neutral toilets will only solve a small part of the problems faced by trans people, it will be a massive step towards achieving equality and proving our humanity with our fellow humans who may not identify with the rigid, binary systems the world has tried to impose on them.
At least, that’s my two-cents’ worth.
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