Bathrooms, Minus Gender

The Advocate recently posted about gender-neutral bathrooms being available at the University of Texas, Austin campus. While I have regularly seen bathrooms at the mall (just for example) that offer several female bathrooms and several male bathrooms, as well as (typically in my experience) one large room or stall for “families”, a gender neutral bathroom is new to me. Beyond being new, I personally find it to be a breath of fresh air. There are a multitude of reasons for why someone may prefer a gender neutral restroom. Beyond trans situations, I’m going to bust out with the privileged cis-gender experience and say that the bathrooms opposite the gender I’m presenting tend to be cleaner (and I’m often presenting as female).

Would you use gender neutral bathrooms?

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

  • http://twitter.com/foxyfolklorist Jeana Jorgensen

    I like the idea of gender neutral bathrooms, personally. Here in Estonia, I’ve noticed a lot of buildings have gender-neutral bathrooms (ranging from university buildings to cafes and bars). Maybe I’ll ask the locals what they think about this practice, whether it works for them or not.

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    I’m not so sure it’s a good idea. And I’ll suggest that if any woman has been into a mens room in a bar or restaurant they’ll understand why!
    Although, perhaps having ladies in the same room might convince more men to actually wash their hands, and that could only be a good thing! lol
    I have to admit I am torn on this, I don’t think I would use one myself. Something about it just seems wrong to me. Perhaps it’s just better to keep that mystery there and leave spaces where guys can be guys and girls can be girls. It would certainly be a shame if we ever reached a point where that was completely lost.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hmoyseenko Holly Moyseenko-Kossover

    Ha! Good point! I can absolutely say that would factor into my choice as well, and I hadn’t considered that

  • http://profiles.google.com/hmoyseenko Holly Moyseenko-Kossover

    As a former bartender, I think a lot of bars have less than ideal restrooms, regardless of it being men’s or women’s. I just want more people to wash their hands

  • http://profiles.google.com/hmoyseenko Holly Moyseenko-Kossover

    let me know if you end up asking! I can see plenty of good points for them, and would give them a shot (the two bathrooms in my office are gender neutral – further down the hall are separate ones, though).