Annotated Bibs #5

"Chinese Authorities Employing 'Two Fly' Rule for Public Bathrooms." Prod. Jeanette Torres. ABC. Beijing, China. 25 May 2012.

“Chinese Authorities Employing ‘Two Fly’ Rule for Public Bathrooms.” Prod. Jeanette Torres. ABC. Beijing, China. 25 May 2012.

Bazelon, Emily. “Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating.’” The New York Times. The New York Times, 21 Nov. 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.


In the article Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating,’ the author Emily Bazelon discussed the social restraints that derive from the evolving society in America – subject of gender. The author addresses the most obvious form of gender segregation in the interior design of everyday facilities: public bathrooms. The separation of sexes whether it’s through bathrooms or locker rooms have been accepted as a social norm since women entered the workforce, but with the increasing awareness and rise in the population of transgender citizens, and major issue if revealed: individuals find it difficult to enter a bathroom comfortably. In today’s society, the definition of male and female does not pertain to the physical appearances of the body of when a girl or boy is born, because social standards and science has progressed to a point where a person can choose what they prefer to be called. In this article, you see that gender no longer has two simple options and become a blurry subject. Furthermore, instead of maintaining gender-specific bathrooms, the author draws attention to the need for accommodation. The author states to inform the readers that accommodations have already been made to accept individuals with disabilities, regarding the practice religion, and racial diversity. Lastly, the author discusses how women also use public restrooms for sanity purposes while on their menstrual period, and how the only way women are accommodated in public bathroom settings is through adding trash cans in each stall, whereas men are given a completely separate invention apart from the toilet.

I choose this article due to the argument that Bazelon posed about bathrooms should be more accommodating for the LBGT community, which I believe should happen by most females including myself, in particular, would feel violated if a transgender male walks into the women’s bathroom.

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