Notes to follow from life on the road...
Topic: Transgender individual's rights to use either bathroom (men's or women's) they desire.
I spend a lot of time on the road, and I spend that time in a lot of different parts of the country. One thing that's happening in retail (shops, restaurants, etc) points to a trend I hope doesn't come to office parks.
Here's the trend... Businesses - faced with legal pressure or simply wanting to accommodate Transgender individuals - are increasing changing single stall bathrooms (one for men, one for women) to gender neutral status. That "reclassification" means that either men or women can use either bathroom that is available. That solves the transgender issue without the economic burden of retrofitting a third bathroom to exist alongside men's and women's facilities.
I understand that I'm probably going to get emails from what I've wrote already, because I'm not an expert in Transgender issues. Send your emails, however, because I do want to learn more and understand to a greater degree.
But I am an expert in some things. Allow me to school you on why reclassifying a men's and women's bathroom to gender neutral-status doesn't work:
Men are pigs. Females deserve better.
If 10 dudes use a bathroom during the day, odds are it is not going to be suitable for a woman, or anyone who wants to sit down. This just in - Men often go to the bathroom standing up. Hit this link if you want to see the legal world in action on this issue.
When businesses make existing single-stall bathrooms gender neutral, females (anyone identifying as female) lose. And this trend is alive and well in some areas of the country. It's a natural, completely understandable reaction to the capital cost of building new facilities.
I can only hope this trend can be avoided as transgender issues become more accepted and we work through the same challenges in the workplace.
Rights for everyone - Ok and check. Let's evolve together.
Rights for dudes to use bathrooms on a frequent basis that females will have to use afterwords - we're better than that America.
No. Just no.