Sexmantics.com; Sexmantics :The Philosophy of Sex
by Preston Brady III
It has become more clear especially over the past few decades, the box people are asked to check on certain forms and applications - male or female - does not apply to everyone. Most people check a box without any thought, as they should. But across the world, millions of people do think about it, and they wished there were another box, such as nonbinary.
And consider what should be a very simple concept: public bathrooms. The very design of most public bathrooms is wrought with societal design flaws. There are exceptions in some countries, where bathrooms are individual water closets with full doors and complete privacy. The concept of bathroom stalls which leave users exposed to the public, is a privacy concern. If bathrooms were designed properly, there would be no issue or concerns about who uses which bathroom. It could be said that keeping public bathrooms status quo, helps reinforce religious and political beliefs of those who are prejudiced against nonbinary and trans people. In the state of Arkansas this week, a governor signed a law mandating bathroom usage to anatomical sex at birth. Presumably, the fear is that a heterosexual man could dress in women’s clothing and stalk female bathrooms. The law prohibits authentic people in gender transition - or who have even surgically completed transition, from using a public bathroom other than their born physical sex. In other words, some people are being stopped by law from using public restrooms. This law, which is being implemented in other states as well, is misguided, flawed, and fails to solve the real problem: the layout and designs of most large, public bathrooms. It should not matter who walks into the main area of a public bathroom, if adequate privacy is provided in the individual stalls or rooms. I firmly believe that in the future, when most of us here are gone, people will chuckle or wrinkle their brow in puzzlement at the concept of our outdated design of public bathrooms. Privacy can often come at a monetary cost, and in the case of redesigning bathrooms it seems it would be hard-earned taxpayers money well spent.