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TOPIC: Unisex restrooms

Unisex restrooms 09 Oct 2016 23:46 #10526

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This week I was listening to KIIS FM while driving my kids to school and I heard them discussing a new law that will soon take into effect this year. They said Governor Brown has passed a law that mandates all Government owned facilities to have unisex single stall restrooms. I tried to look up information about this online and I mostly found websites where people discuss the ups and downs of the new law.
As a parent I think it is a great idea. I mean most malls today have family restrooms where a dad can take his daughter or a mother can take both her daughter and son. I love this new idea, I always feel nervous about letting my sons go into the men's room alone and nervously count the minutes until they are out. You hear so many stories about children being molested at parks, schools and restaurants that you cannot help to wonder what is happening in that restroom while you wait outside. I used to always take my son to the women’s restroom with me but as he's gotten older young girls have begun to ask their mothers why there is a boy in the girl's restroom. My son now feels uncomfortable going into the ladies' room and prefers using the men's room.
But we all know this is not the reason why this law has been passed, the real reason is because there has been a huge issue with transgender rights. Transgender people want to use the restroom of the sex of which they indentify with and some people disagreed or were uncomfortable with the idea.
I once sat in a class here at SMC were the subject was randomly brought up and a student said she was using an on campus restroom and she suddenly heard a loud stream of urine in the stall next to hers and she looked over and saw feet standing facing the toilet. She then went on to say how scared she was. I don’t understand people who are so ignorant about gender identity; this student said she wouldn’t feel like her children would be safe sharing a restroom with a transgender person. I was so angry I don’t personally know any people who are transgender but it is so unfair to think that people who identify with the opposite sex or are homosexual, are rapist or pedophiles.
Others argue that men are messier than women when it comes to restroom etiquette. I do agree with that because I have used a men’s single stall restroom when a woman was stuck in a stall for what seemed hours, and there was urine all over the floor. But restrooms never seem to be squeaky clean I mean they are restrooms all we all know what happens in there.
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Unisex restrooms 16 Oct 2016 14:03 #10575

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I feel like people who are "afraid" to share a bathroom shouldn't have a problem. I went to target a while back and they had a gender neutral bathroom but the women and men restrooms were still there. Many people are against gender neutral bathrooms but I think it's awesome. Our world is moving on from being so homophobic and is finally starting slowly accept the LGBTQ+ community but at the same time with Trump running for president we can see how many are actually against LGBTQ+ rights.
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Unisex restrooms 16 Oct 2016 14:58 #10577

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I agree that a gender neutral bathroom should not be an issue. People should be allowed to use whichever restroom makes them most comfortable. I do think that this gives men the allowance to enter a woman's bathroom just because they "identify" as a woman when in reality they don't. This could pose an issue for women or men who would rightfully feel uncomfortable around someone of the opposite sex pretending to be transgender in order to get into their opposite's bathroom. It will be interesting to see how Jerry Brown and other legislatures will work to keep this issue at bay.
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Unisex restrooms 30 Oct 2016 18:14 #10751

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of the matter.
Disadvantage: the pedophiles would be very close to the kids. This is a fact that I read: This is because 7 out of every ten pedophiles are heterosexual therefore there is only a 3 out of 10 chance that a pedophile will make a move in a gender divided restroom. In a gender-neutral restroom, this 3 out of 10 chance turns into a 10 out of 10 chance because every gender will be in one bathroom.
Advantages: it is 2016! Equally for all. Gender Segregation is wrong.

I think neutral bathrooms it is a good idea, but for people who wants to use them. It shouldn’t be forced. Every individual should get to pick in which bathroom the person feels more comfortable.
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Unisex restrooms 03 Nov 2016 20:00 #10798

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I was actually discussing gender neutral bathrooms in my communication studies class today and we watched a very interesting ted talk given by a transgendered man. He made some very strong points and used his own stories to appeal to the audience on why gender neutral bathrooms should be installed. Everyday, transgendered people get dirty looks and harassed for using a restroom that doesn't fit the sex they were born in. Trans people can't even pee in peace because they are judged everywhere they go. I agree with the installation of gender neutral bathrooms, and to those who say that children will be molested by trans people are very ignorant because it's actually heterosexual males who molest children the most. Who cares what bathroom a trans person is more comfortable in? They're not going to wait around and peak into people's stalls, they want to do the same human thing as everybody else does, which is pee.
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Unisex restrooms 06 Nov 2016 19:08 #10833

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This is such an interesting story because so many people are not educated on the topic of LGBT issues. Gender neutral bathrooms are the best way to go, not only for transgender individuals but for families. First of all, critics of the transgender restroom issue claim that they could be rapists, perverts, pedophiles, etc but the chance of this happening is so low and is an individual issue rather than group issue. I think a lot of the critics do not want to understand the LGBT community because it is not "traditional" by vilifying groups who simply want to live their lives. Individuals commit those kinds of crimes, not whole groups simply because they are not understood and people are ignorant. Secondly, these bathroom are great for families with children or elderly parents. I once read a story where a man was really appreciative of these restrooms because it was always an issue when he had to take his elderly mother to the restroom in public. With these restrooms, he was able to take care of his mother and I'm sure this applies for other families as well. In this case, people against transgenders using gender specific restrooms have no reason to be upset over gender neutral bathrooms, which is ridiculous that this is an issue in the first place in my opinion.
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