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Gender-neutral toilets at Salford University

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secular111 Wed 06-Dec-17 20:36:04

My DS attends. Loves the place. Loves his course.

They've just enabled gender-neutral toilets. No notice beforehand. No vote, no discussions.

He reckons a lot of the lads and himself are a bit disturbed by it, but every female student he knows is wholeheartedly behind the 'initiative' (or not willing to say a word in protest).

SweetGrapes Wed 06-Dec-17 21:41:40

Are they proper unisex facilities with enclosed cubicles complete with wash basin, bins, mirror, hand driers or are they just the same old toilets relabelled?

BlindYeo Thu 07-Dec-17 10:12:36

It's interesting to read that the boys are disturbed by it. I am used to the argument that females won't like males in their loos but haven't heard it the other way round 'from the horse's mouth'. I don't blame them for being uncomfortable to be honest. If I was a man, I would be uncomfortable with women wandering in if I was using a urinal. Or are the loos now all separate enclosed cubicles?

The fact is that people who are uncomfortable really need to speak up right now.

I have no idea why the girls are so supportive of the idea. Get your son to show them this news story about a secret camera in a toilet: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-37733768

I believe it happened in a university library toilet after they had been made gender neutral. I predict there's going to be a whole lot more of this the more women's toilets are converted to gender neutral. And that is the problem even with enclosed cubicles: if men have access to the cubicle, that is an opportunity to place a camera that didn't exist before.

nauticant Thu 07-Dec-17 10:55:51

I have no idea why the girls are so supportive of the idea.

It's because they are very afraid of being labelled as transphobic. Especially if this label makes it onto social media. With a bit of life experience and much more confidence, they might realise that avoiding that label shouldn't be such a high priority.

misscockerspaniel Thu 07-Dec-17 11:01:27

According to the website, Salford University aims to have at least one gender neutral toilet in each building, by the end of 2018. They say this means that it won't have a m/f sign on the door and will be available for use by all and sundry. It goes on to say that "all the other toilets will be male, female or accessible. So you can choose the loo which you find most comfortable to use". It is interesting that the men are more concerned than the women but TBH, I am more concerned about the University's use of the horrible cis-word on the website.

Sarahjconnor Thu 07-Dec-17 11:02:51

They found cameras hidden in Leeds university library in 1994 and 1995 as well.

The first time I saw an erect penis was in platt fields park in Manchester when I was 11 and went to the loo. He was wearing red French knickers and masturbating. I have been photo graphed in our local leisure centre whilst changing - over the top of the cubical), I have been spied on by a man in his 70s who was 'helping' his wife in m&s changing rooms. Why why why do people keep repeatedly telling me that no man will dress as a woman to spy on them when I know so many women this has happened to?

PilarTernera Thu 07-Dec-17 11:06:14

It's interesting to read that the boys are disturbed by it. I am used to the argument that females won't like males in their loos but haven't heard it the other way round 'from the horse's mouth'.

It's not just females who don't like it. I had a conversation about this topic at work the other day. (We don't have them, but somewhere nearby does.) The person who was the most uncomfortable with the idea was a middle aged white man.

Childrenofthestones Thu 07-Dec-17 11:10:53

A Swedish feminist political group tried to get a law passed a couple of years ago that men would have to use sit down toilets.
No more urinals as it were.
Looks like a side effect of all this is that they will get their way.

MarrowWang Thu 07-Dec-17 17:16:30

I don't think men nor women will be happy with it. Women will say they are, to avoid abuse and to appear 'nice' and accepting. Blokes are much more likely to actually speak up about how uncomfortable it makes them (overall of course, not each individual person)

Ereshkigal Thu 07-Dec-17 17:32:44

Yes agree men won't be scared to say they don't want it. I think they are the ones we need to win over sadly.

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