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EVANSTON, ILL. – Northwestern University will offer “gender-open restrooms” to its students this fall.

“We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive,” campus spokesman Bob Rowley said in an email to The College Fix. “This is becoming a common occurrence on campuses across the U.S.”

At Northwestern, the two sex-segregated bathrooms to be changed will simply have their front door placards replaced to reflect the transition – no major renovations are planned. The bathrooms are located on the third floor of the university’s main building that serves as the campus hub.

Northwestern joins the estimated 150 campuses across the nation that now offer some sort of gender-open restrooms, also called gender-neutral, unisex, or all-gender bathrooms, according to a tally by the LGTBQ group Stonewall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Some days I feel more fuddy-duddyish than others, and this is definitely an "I just don't understand things today" moment for me. What in the world is being accomplished by this insanity other than massaging the delicate sensibilities of a tiny, tiny minority?

Just love this:

The concern among some female students who now must share restrooms with anatomically male students is apparently not significant enough to put the brakes on these transitions.

It must be a confusing time to be a female on a college campus. On the one hand, they are so bombarded with male-aggression awareness that they're OK with changing their mind about the kiss they shared last night and filing rape charges against the poor schmuck. But on the other hand they're supposed to be comfortable sharing their bodily functions with us "anatomically male" louts. Yeah, that's me, anatomically male. Always have been, always will be.

Call me hopelessly old-fashoned or reactionary or a patriarchal throwback, but I will continue to prefer my "sex-segregated bathroom" (what a term!). Lord, the bathroom is the only place left where men and women can get away from each other for a moment or two. Let us pee in peace, please. We shall stand, you may sit, amen.


Lois Marquart
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:22am

You go, Man! Uh -- sorry.