“Making Bathrooms More Accommodating”



In this article, author Emily Balezon discusses the topic of transgenders and public bathrooms and then proceeds to explain how bathrooms are almost safe havens for some individuals. She starts the article by explaining the common differences in public bathrooms such as, the obvious male and female bathroom signs, then proceeds to explain how certain discomfort comes if the wrong gender were to walk through the opposites door. Balezon also began to address the problems with women’s restrooms and how inconvenient it is not having accommodating features like the males (urinals or something in like comparison).


Civil Issues Arouse

Balezon identified a student from Illinois, who is a transgender, was denied to change in the female’s locker room due to ‘privacy concerns’. As she got into depth upon the topic of the civil issue, due to the fact the student legally changed her sex to female, many others had comments on the situation and why she was denied the rights to change in the female locker room. Balezon proceeded to explain and argue how bathrooms were meant to ‘accommodate’ its users but isn’t with sexual tension regarding transgenders.



The first thing author Emily Balezon did was define accommodation, for its definition can often be misconstrued. Emily stated ‘‘Accommodate’’ comes from the Latin for ‘‘to make fitting.’’ It means to adapt, to bring into agreement or harmony, to furnish with something desired or needed, to favor or oblige. It can be a word of welcome and hospitality coming from a concierge or maître d’. But it can also have a compulsory aspect — it’s a word that involves moving over to make room for other people, whether you want to or not.” She began to explain in depth how this has been an issue for over a decade and provided history to prove sex orientated bathrooms have been dated all the way back to the Victorian Age.


A Woman’s Safe Haven and the View on Transgenders in the Bathrooms

The last thing the author mentioned in the article was women’s views on bathroom stalls and the time it takes for women to use the bathroom. The biggest complaint of author Emily Balezon was the waiting time for the bathroom at public places by women. Emily as well as many other women are “disturbed by what they see as an incursion by male anatomy.” “That’s their explanation for the ‘‘No Men in Women’s Bathrooms’’ T-shirts in Houston, and the resistance to letting transgender students into the locker room. It’s poignant: Transgender women say they are women, but some other women can only see them as men, and so they don’t want to make room.” The author wants a change on views of transgenders, but can’t help change the views of others. This article she wrote helps raise awareness to the gender bias of people and especially transgenders. Balezon just wants equality for everyone and for those transgenders, who already feel out of place, to fit in with their peers to make life a more enjoyable experience.male-and-female-relationship-sign

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