Have you ever been to an outside public event where bathroom accommodations were porta potties lined up in a row? I don’t remember seeing any of them marked Male, Female, or Transgender. They are just single accommodations. When you need to go to the bathroom, you go.
I don’t know about you, but when I need to go to the bathroom, I usually need to go NOW. That admonishment of “hold it until we get home” doesn’t work for me. If you did come to my home, you would use the same bathroom if you are male, female, or transgender. The phycological need to have separate bathrooms is totally unnecessary. Singling people out who are in need of bathroom accommodations is unkind and barbaric.
The fix to the transgender bathroom dilemma seems very simple to me. Build single bathrooms. I don’t understand why the government is making such a fuss over bathrooms. Why can’t there be single accommodations everywhere from kindergarten classes in schools to every public building?
There are many names for the same item: public convenience, restroom, washroom, comfort station, women’s room, men’s room, toilet, bathroom, and the Loo. There are many reasons why public bathrooms are needed.
Wikipedia lists the purposes: A public toilet is to be used as an “away from home” toilet room. It is not only used for accessing the toilet itself for urination and defecation but may also be used for getting changed, washing hands, accessing drinking water (e.g. refilling water bottles), menstrual hygiene needs, using the mirrors, using waste bins etc. It is also used for unintended purposes, such as illegal activities.
People with urinary and fecal incontinence problems, such as the elderly, are particularly in need of public toilets to live and participate in their communities with dignity and confidence.
Inability to access a bathroom when necessary has caused health issues such as urinary tract infections, kidney infections, and digestive problems which can later develop into severe health problems. Inadequate access to the use of a bathroom when required can lead to substantial problems for people who have prostate problems, going through menopause, or are menstruating for instance.
Public toilets serve people who are “restroom challenged.” First, there are those who need to go very frequently. These people may have normal conditions – young age, old age, females who are pregnant or menstruating – or medical conditions. Second, there are those whose need for a toilet comes urgently, suddenly and without warning. These include most people with chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease and colitis as well as those temporarily afflicted with food borne illnesses.
Also, drivers such as bus and truck drivers on a timed schedule have been known to have no access to a toilet and thus have a high risk of coming in contact with bladder and stool health problems. Furthermore, the lack of access for a driver may result in a lack of concentration on the road, which is a public safety concern. The need to access a public toilet becomes a larger issue than that for the individual who is being immediately deprived.
Workers therefore have legal rights to access a toilet during their work day.
When I started writing this post, my only thoughts were “I have to pee.” I need to get to the bathroom NOW. Researching public bathrooms and learning all the ways one’s health can be damaged by not going to the bathroom when necessary gives more credence to the need to have public restrooms available to all people.
Taking all of the above into consideration, the people in charge, namely government officials, need to be more compassionate and provide single unit bathrooms. What is your thoughts?
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