Unisex toilet/ bath

  • beaujangle

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    Apr 09, 2012 10:07 AM GMT
    What do you guys think about it?

    At the residential halls where I used to live, it was unisex; so no gang showers or urinals, just cubicles.
  • Trauts

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    Apr 09, 2012 10:18 AM GMT
    Girls take too long in the toilet! Did u have to queue just to pee?
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    Apr 09, 2012 10:21 AM GMT
    I think this is how bathrooms should be. Seems more efficient.
  • beaujangle

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    Apr 09, 2012 10:33 AM GMT
    cold saidI think this is how bathrooms should be. Seems more efficient.


    More efficient? Don't girls in general take longer?
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    Apr 09, 2012 10:38 AM GMT
    beaujangle said
    cold saidI think this is how bathrooms should be. Seems more efficient.


    More efficient? Don't girls in general take longer?


    More efficient:
    - by combining both bathrooms, it would be possible to fit more total toilets
    - by combining both bathrooms, all toilets would be used to their maximum capacity. There would be no unused toilets in one bathroom while people are waiting to use toilets in another bathroom.
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 09, 2012 11:41 AM GMT
    In the residence where I lived in university, there were stalls AND urinals in the same bathroom, plus 2 closed showers, 8 sinks with mirrors, and a room with a bathtub. Everyone got used to men and women being in the bathroom together, and it was never an issue.
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    Apr 09, 2012 12:30 PM GMT
    I prefer unisex toilets, especially at clubs - they are much more social : ))
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    Apr 09, 2012 12:33 PM GMT
    fulldelight saidI prefer unisex toilets, especially at clubs - they are much more social : ))


    Same here and at most gay clubs guys go into the girls toilets anyway.
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    Apr 09, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    fulldelight saidI prefer unisex toilets, especially at clubs - they are much more social : ))


    +1
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    Apr 09, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    You don't see it too often in the US but in France we went to a rest stop and there was only one bathroom. I guess it would keep any "wide stance" activity to a minimum, too (another plus IMO).
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    Apr 09, 2012 12:51 PM GMT
    fulldelight saidI prefer unisex toilets, especially at clubs - they are much more social : ))



    A lot of clubs have unisex bathrooms and the condition of these might be what is keeping other businesses and public buildings from switching to unisex- Men have terrible aim.
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    Apr 09, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    There was a lesbian nightclub in St. Paul, Minnesota called the Metro. Nice crowd, good food & drinks, entertaining drag king shows, and lots of gay men went there.

    BUT, no men's restrooms. There was a women's, but the men had to use a second one marked Unisex. It did have urinals, unpartitioned right next to the sinks, and so you peed in front of women. Presumably most of them were lesbian, and you just dealt with it. As for the stalls, they all had signs on their doors saying they were not for male urination, to keep the seats clean for the women.

    I attended a college in the mid-1970s that had set aside a small, older dorm as co-ed for all floors (the other dorms had alternating male & female floors, there were no gender-specific dorms). You had to be single, never married and between 18 & 25, and your residence of record not closer than 50 miles from campus.

    You also were required to take a related course in Adult Living, or some such title, that was held in the dorm's common room nightly twice a week. No tests, but you wrote a paper on your experience at semester's end. I forget how long you could board there, but I think it was only for 1 full school year, 2 semesters.

    The 4 floors had only 2 common hall baths on each, and the students on those separate floors voted on the rules of usage for their own level. Their main options were unrestricted access at all times for both men & women, or a sign system on the doors, that said a male or female was inside.

    If you were barred for the moment you looked for an open bathroom on another floor. Most often the students voted for the unrestricted option with each new semester, when the issue was again decided.

    The showers were the open gang style, so if you were in an unrestricted bathroom you might find yourself showering next to a naked opposite-sex student. Or some floors voted to make just the showers same-sex only, again using a sign system.

    Most floors voted to prohibit hallway nudity, or at the bathroom sinks, the way many men are when shaving. The double-occupancy dorm rooms, BTW, were all assigned as same sex.

    I thought it was a rather daring concept for the '70s. Anyone else ever heard of this at other campuses, in the US or other countries? Or is this just common practice now?
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    Apr 09, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
    Unisex toilets are cleaner. Men (and that includes gay men) in general are pigs in the bathroom, and the mere presence of women in the bathroom tends to constrain our nasty behavior.
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    Apr 09, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    The coffee shop closest to my house has gender specific washrooms. Whenever there is a line for one, I just use the other. If a public restroom is single occupancy, I don't see the need for it to be gender specific.