KrytenKoro wrote:The benefits of unisex bathrooms are:
(1) eliminates the stigma around genderqueer persons
What about the stigma of having a small penis? % of male society that doesn't want women to see their body parts + % of female society that don't want to be in a bathroom around men Versus % of genderqueer people that want to use whatever bathroom.
At what point can Majority Rule be incorporated? There is always going to be a minority that feels oppressed (Cannibals, Nazis) but at some point can Majority rule trump the feelings of the tiny minority?
A majority of people prefer separate bathrooms. Maybe they are wrong and unisex is a morally superior system --- but if the vast vast majority of society wants X -- and it isn't a violation of the Constitution (Equal protection) is it ok if X exists?
Also, how big of a problem is that? If you appear to be a female and use a female restroom -- I doubt its ever actually an issue (Middle schools being an exception I imagine)
(2) eliminates the stigma around chaperoned persons having to use the "wrong" bathroom
Thats not an issue. People see opposite sex little kids in bathrooms all the time.
(3) cuts down on wait time by removing bottlenecking
Not peeing around Girls > longer wait.
(4) cuts down on cleaning time (since many places require the man to clean the men's room, and vice versa, or wait until the bathroom is empty)
I wager its statistically insignificant.
(5) allows men or women access to whatever vending is in the opposite bathroom
Women not going #2 in front of Men > Your right to have the restroom be a Convenience store
(6) gives both genders access to changing tables if needed
Not really an issue.
What are the benefits of segragated bathrooms? Lack of peeping ain't one of them, since it happens in them anyway, nor is privacy, as the irksome presence of people talking to you at a urinal, or hearing you crap, or glimpsing you through the stall door crack, etc., is already a well-known facet of segregated bathrooms.
For whatever non-rational reason --- a majority of people are ok with that. For whatever non-rational reason, men are less concerned with other men seeing their private parts than strange women. It seems to be a preference for most people.
And again, my basic question, is why should the preference of a small minority outweigh the preference of a huge majority on an issue that isn't a violation of civil liberty and frequently not even an issue. I assume I have used the bathroom with a transgendered individual and never realized it.