National Toilet Museum. (No Public Restroom.

National Toilet Museum. (No Public Restroom.

Why would a boy want to share the girls’ restrooms? We mean middle and high school boys here.

  1. Heterosexual (majority) boys out of curiosity and interest.
  2. Homosexual boys (minority) out of what? Fear, anxiety, psychological similarity?

How do we expect to distinguish one of these from the other when we’re running a school? Should we care?

There are gender issues still unsolved when we arbitrarily mingle the sexes. For instance, homosexual boys like girls, enjoy their company and the girls reciprocate. But homosexual girls do not like boys and prefer to avoid them. That’s just how it is.

People living in small tents, small huts or we suppose, caves, had no privacy to complicate their natural imperatives. We weren’t there, but assume that everyone took that for granted. Personal privacy is a recent human acquisition. And even today, it isn’t general. In Europe, young figure skaters of both genders have commonly shared dressing rooms at competitions for decades and show people have done so even longer. No one was excited thereby. European public restrooms are often not divided by gender. Nobody seems to care.

The current bathroom boogie is both a political construct and largely, an American thing, seems to us.Common bathrooms still have private stalls, after all. And urinals are available for both male and female plumbing and need not be side by side. A common restroom can still provide adequate personal privacy. We are making too much of this new political playground, perhaps. And wasting money with unnecessarily duplicated facilities.

A current presidential candidate said of this that he did not want his little girl sharing a bathroom with an adult male. Or, we presume, his little boy either. That’s a different subject, we think. And certainly, one that needs management. Even at home. But in public restrooms, we expect the little boy or girls’s parent to be with him or her.A different subject.

America’s strict sexual separation is both rather American and rather recent. It is not the historic standard. It can be abandoned upon enough of the citizens changing their social attitudes. We are witnessing a wholesale abandonment of the social attitudes that accompanied Christianity in the United States; unisexual restrooms are a part of that. After abandoning Christianity, dumping unisex restrooms seems both inevitable and trivial. We are straining at a gnat while swallowing a a camel. Our leaders have distracted us onto trivia from that which is truly important. Same old, same old. We continue to fall for it.



About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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  1. Jim Teague says:

    Properly redesigned common restrooms guaranteeing privacy of either gender with common sink areas or single use facilities can solve the bathroom problem. A massive reconstruction job that will stimulate jobs and the “recovery”! Doesn’t solve locker and shower spaces in gyms, schools or changing rooms in department stores (Target). Is this as big of an issue as the collapse of the economy? When we get back to prehistoric survival economy after the collapse. We’ll find out what we have lost.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Seems to me that you’ve summed it up neatly. I wonder, anent shower rooms, how the military is handling it, now that both boys and girl are serving together? And as well, how that is working …

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