Making Bathrooms More Accommodating by Emily Bazelon

Typically, the only type of restrooms you see in today’s businesses are MEN and WOMEN. Introducing gender-neutral restrooms (or restrooms specifically for transgender people and other minorities) is a step in the right direction to making this world more accommodating and open-minded. The Latin root of the word ‘accommodate’ means ‘to make fitting.’ Accommodation is compulsory in that it means the already-present stigmas have to step aside to allow room for the newer ones. This step over is whether they want to move over or not because of the way that society has been progressing in mainstream media and how gender fluctuation is being portrayed. Women and men alike have played the basic roles in gender since the dawn of time. Even with the two main gender roles, there is still “favoritism.” Men have urinals to speed up the process of using the restroom while women are regarded as “chatterboxes” who tend to use the restroom as an escape with their girlfriends from situations at hand. These minor differences impact modern society today because of the space used for each individual stall in women’s restrooms, thus making less individual spacing with more room. Having urinals for men was provided as an easy way out for the male species to essentially “handle their business” and get on with their day. Women are more often than not expected to hang around, fixing their makeup and chatting with the other women they went to the restroom with. Presenting gender-neutral restrooms would shed light on the other genders present and also make them more prevalent in making those genders not have to hide. Easing the discomfort of having to choose a restroom dilutes the idea that men (and women alike) are the only two types of genders that can exist. As increasingly open-minded as society has become, there have been many setbacks and only utilizing male and female-based restrooms has been one of the main ones. This also presents the argument that there have been other biological chromosome combinations. Since much of forensics is rooted in DNA, the chromosome makeup of transgender (and other gender products) proves that there is a serious disconnect between how society views gender roles and the actual biological differences within them. Once the unique chemical compositions of many individuals today are brought to light, easing discomfort and allowing society to provide a more fluid way to use the restroom will enhance the satisfaction level of minorities and, ultimately, genders across the world.
Bazelon, Emily. “Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating.’” The New York Times 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 4 Apr. 2016.