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Pointless gender markers

The Starbuck's I go to in order to meet Lilla/Lily has a Men's restroom and a Women's restroom. I always assumed that the men's restroom had a urinal in there as well as a toilet. But the women's restroom is out of order, so I had to use the men's... and the two are COMPLETELY IDENTICAL inside. Both have a sit-down toilet, a sink to wash at, and a baby changing station. There is no difference I can see between the two of them. So... why the bloody Hell do they have gendered restrooms at all? What's the point?

Hell, gendered restrooms aren't really necessary anyway, you could just mark them as "restroom with a urinal" and "restroom without a urinal," but this is even more pointless seeing as they are COMPLETELY IDENTICAL INSIDE.

Oy vey!

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lucretiasheart
Feb. 15th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
Was there a lock on the door of both identical restrooms? If they were the kind where people can freely walk in and out, I can tell you why its a good thing to have gendered restrooms-- too many so-called "normal" men are pervy assholes who would take the opportunity to harass women.

I have no issues with sharing a restroom with transgender, mixed gender, or gay men. But with hetero dudes-? No. Unisex bathrooms where anyone can walk in work only with lots of diversified types keeping things cool-- so for certain places that approach works great. Pagan heavy venues, for example.

Someday, if and when we stop being a pro-patriarchal rape culture, sexed bathrooms could be released as a relic of the past. But for now, I couldn't use a bathroom with straight men comfortably at all.
fayanora
Feb. 15th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes, they both had locks. There being only one toilet, they would be stupid not to.

I have no issues with sharing a restroom with transgender, mixed gender, or gay men. But with hetero dudes-? No.

Yeah, cis-het men tend to be crappy.
lucretiasheart
Feb. 15th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Okay-- if they were the locking kind, then you are right, that was plain stupid!

There's a lot of good guys out there, even straight ones, don't get me wrong. Sadly, though, there's a high enough percentage that are jerks that I can't advocate making things easier for them to do their dirty deeds.
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