It seems that everywhere you look, someone, whether it’s a politician or private citizen, is debating upon who should be able to use a public restroom. Yes, of all the troubling topics we can discuss and focus upon, we are wasting time arguing about who might be in the stall next to us when using a public restroom.
I’ll get straight to the point here: No one likes public restrooms and none of us want to be in one unless there’s an immediate need for relief. They smell, they’re unsanitary, and ultimately, they’re only there for people in dire need of a restroom. I prefer not to end up in one. Alas, there are times of great necessity which present themselves when I’m least expecting it. I expect that many of you have ended up in the same unfortunate position.
In these dire times, I care not for who’s in the next stall. All I care about is finding the cleanest looking stall and getting out of there as quickly as possible. There could be a cisgender or trans person next to me, and frankly, I don’t care. I don’t want them to know I am in there and I don’t care who they are and to what gender they identify. Quite frankly, it’s just not important.
The Bottom Line
This is not to downplay the importance of the rights of those in the trans community. The trans community has been oppressed for years. I strongly stand for the rights of all persons in our country to live peacefully in the pursuit of happiness. This is our God-given right as citizens, and no citizen, government official, nor special interest group can take that away.
No, this is about the fact that we spend so much time arguing about who’s using the bathroom next to us that we turn our attention away from the most important issues facing our country, such as the education system and high childhood poverty rate. Quite honestly, I don’t understand why there are gendered restrooms in the first place. A restroom is not a place to hang out, it’s a place where people go in emergencies.
I’ve seen men walk into women’s restrooms when in dire need. I’ve taken my female friends into the men’s room when the line was too long for the ladies’ room. People are pretty understanding. When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. So, let’s pull up our adult-sized pants and understand that restrooms are there for HUMANS to relieve themselves. Let people live with equal fairness and respect. After all, it wasn’t long ago that, like restrooms, water fountains were segregated. We all see the absurdity of that notion now, and we will soon feel the same for restrooms.
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