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To pat my feminist self on the back

(62 Posts)
babanouche Fri 08-Feb-13 23:41:25

when I use the man's bathroom in a restaurant if the woman's is occupied? grin

FastidiaBlueberry Fri 08-Feb-13 23:44:15

grin

Euuw
Smelly

BertieBotts Fri 08-Feb-13 23:44:30

blush I'd be too afraid of accidental willy-spotting! Although I have run into the mens' toilet in a pub when there was no toilet paper in the women's. My friend was most concerned! There was nobody in there.

It depends on how you would react if a man rushed into the women's toilets if the men's were full of feminists really. If a desperate person needs the loo that badly then of course, they should go to the nearest available one, but it has to work both ways doesn't it?

BertieBotts Fri 08-Feb-13 23:45:17

Plus I think that the feminist argument is generally FOR gender-segregated toilets. I quite like having a female-only space to do my business...

I told a group of young people about this (I work in housing). They had never heard of women using a men's loo. I told them I wasn't waiting in a queue, they looked mystified.

kim147 Fri 08-Feb-13 23:47:18

Did you notice any differences?
Apart from the urinals.

kim147 Fri 08-Feb-13 23:48:31

And the feminist viewpoint seems to waiver between genderless toilets and female safe spaces.

babanouche Fri 08-Feb-13 23:55:13

I operate on a need-to-go basis grin. Seems mad to stand crossing your legs when a toilet's right there.

The soap was different and the hand creme had hardly been used. Added a bit of spice to the evening.

HollyBerryBush Fri 08-Feb-13 23:55:13

I tend to do a need to use basis for my ablutions. i wasnt aware I was making a political statement.

I do assume you wouldnt mind a bloke in the ladies loos?

WorraLiberty Fri 08-Feb-13 23:55:29

I'm struggling to see the feminist angle here? confused

If I was bursting for a wee and really couldn't hold it, I suppose I would ask a member of staff if it was ok to use the Men's loo.

But...well that's it really. I still can't see where feminism comes in?

kim147 Fri 08-Feb-13 23:56:50

You should post this on FWR.
But pretend to be a bloke grin

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Fri 08-Feb-13 23:58:31

I really don't like the idea of men coming into women's toilets whenever they want. I get that everyone is behind doors etc etc and I don't mind genderless toilets but if I think I'm in a female only space then I want it to be a female only space.

ClippedPhoenix Sat 09-Feb-13 00:01:06

There was me thinking it was the norm.

WorraLiberty Sat 09-Feb-13 00:01:21

I know what you mean IThink

And if we had to get our fanjos out to piss in a urinal on display, I'm sure we'd be even less happy with a man walking in to take a piss grin

HollyBerryBush Sat 09-Feb-13 00:04:31

Nope, clearly I have my dim hat on tonight. Im not seing what great strides are being made in the name of equality by invading male space.

We wont even mention they stink and piss all over the floor. but as I said earlier, if needs must, then needs must. I hardly call it a magnificent political statement and making strides in the world.

ClippedPhoenix Sat 09-Feb-13 00:05:01

Why should it be a female only space though? I really don't get this. To me that's sexist.

I'd rather do away with troughs or urinals and toilets being just that.

Sorry, I'm with people who think it's not really on.

I'm all for having more unisex loos, but I don't think it's fair to just barge in when the people inside have a reasonable expectation there will only be men in there.

BertieBotts Sat 09-Feb-13 00:13:30

Haven't you seen the episode of Community where Shirley has to teach Britta how women talk in the bathroom, and she offends her by going off on a feminist rant? grin

Also, probably silly, but I was changing my pad the other day and I heard someone in the next cubicle do the same and it was just nice to know that they wouldn't have been freaked out by hearing that, if that makes sense.

<probably being very unfeminist tonight>

SolidSnake Sat 09-Feb-13 00:13:52

I agree with LRD

I think gender segregated toilets are important. I'm not saying unisex toilets shouldn't be introduced, but the thought of abolishing gender segregated toilets makes me feel nervous tbh

ClippedPhoenix Sat 09-Feb-13 00:15:40

I have to sort of disagree here LRD in as much as there are twice as many male toilets as there are womens and I will go in a male one instead of standing pissing myself outside a "ladies"

kim147 Sat 09-Feb-13 00:17:08

But most men's toilets are mainly urinals with maybe 1 toilet in.
Are you going to wait inside?

Mmm. I think I'd rather be angry if there are twice as many men's toilets, TBH. I see where you're coming from though.

It just feels to me, well, it's not the individual blokes' fault, who're in there merrily peeing.

SolidSnake Sat 09-Feb-13 00:17:57

I mean, if you really REALLY have to go, that's understandable, but if you just can't be bothered to wait, then that's just lazy and rude imo

ClippedPhoenix Sat 09-Feb-13 00:19:42

There are two toilets always, it's standard issue.

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