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Hm.  I suppose it varies radically from place to place.  Frankly, I'm shocked that there are actually rules, let alone enforced rules, about who can use which restrooms.  Though I can see it in Alabama.  Several years ago, LGBT groups lobbied to have gender-neutral restrooms made available on campus.  It was a very successful campaign, as they found allies in the droves of male faculty, staff and graduate students with young daughters.  You don't want to take your little girl into the men's room, you don't want to enter the women's room even if it is only in the role of dad, and you don't want the child to go alone.  What to do?  So no we have gender neutral restrooms, with amenities for both sexes and children too, with doors you can lock.  Frankly, everyone likes them, regardless their gender.  I think everyone just likes privacy.

I knew a high school administrator who worked in a school where one of the teachers decided to to have a sex change (I don't remember in which direction.)  They were not only allowed to keep their position; they were allowed to use the restroom they chose.  

I've never heard the sexual predator urban legend.  And I've heard A LOT of stories about sexual assault.  It doesn't really make sense.  If it is a public restroom without a lock on the door, it seems no different than assaulting someone in a public area.  Anyone could witness it.  Why bother dressing in drag?  If it is a single restroom with a lock, only one person uses it at a time, so who cares what their anatomy is?  Lock the door behind you.  I use men's restrooms when they are the individual locking kind, fwiw.  They never have a line.  :)  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Tue Jul 22nd, 2008 at 05:48:39 PM EST
Ah, but you're using evidence based assumptions. most of the fear and uncertainty spread around is down to imagined problems and difficulties. you don't need proof of such behaviour, you just have to assert it is possible and assume eternal malevolance on the part of the other.

If you feel that men will wear women's clothes in order to enter women's toilets for the purposes of sexual thrills and the assertion of male power, then no amount of proof or reason will shake that.  And, sadly, my experiences with wimminists, both as transgendered and as a male trying to learn to bellydance, suggests that there really is a significant minority of women who think on that level.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 23rd, 2008 at 04:59:44 AM EST
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