Basic Human Right to Urinate
February 11, 2015
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A universal conflict that every individual will have to face someday in their lifetime is having the right to choose a restroom to enter. Keep in mind the emotions, the distress felt in that moment; now add on the uncertainty of not knowing which bathroom stall to go into. This is a problem that the transgender community faces all the time.
Many people do not understand gender and are quick to make assumptions. Many think that a male is automatically a boy and a female is automatically a girl. Gender is not black, white and grey, but is a spectrum. An individual can be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or somewhere in between these categories. We live in a society that is obsessed with labels. People need a person to either be straight (whatever that means) or gay. As a society we seem to have lost our sense of humanity and have stopped looking at people as humans entitled to the same rights, like having access to a restroom without having to question their entire identity.
The most common concern is that having mixed gender bathroom stalls will lead to sexual assault, which might be true, especially in restrooms located in night clubs. This is a valid concern. However, we must keep in mind that most sexual assaults occur with a person that the victim already knows. Discussions can still be held about the designs that can be made to make restrooms a safer place for everyone regardless of gender. Desegregating bathrooms will bring us one step closer to eliminating gender boxes and creating a more empathetic human race.
Now I raise the question: Are our schools’ bathrooms desegregated?