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Social change in the bathroom

January 22nd, 2010 (07:07 pm)

I'm at North Station. There's a game tonight, so it's crowded. How crowded? I saw a woman in line in the men's room.

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Posted by: kahnegabs (kahnegabs)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)

Lines to the mensroom are generally shorter than the ones to the ladies room. Sometimes if you REALLY gotta go, it's the only solution.

When I took kids on field trips with the bus, I used to let the boys go first and then commandeer the mens room for my girls so the bus would have some fair chance of getting back on the road before dark!. It's just a logistical fact that females take longer than males in the bathroom.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)

Yep. It's been timed -- twice as long, on average. So actual parity would result in twice as many bathrooms for women as for men.

Or we could all stop being so uptight and have joint bathrooms, all with privacy/cubicle doors, for everyone, and then it wouldn't be an issue.

Posted by: kahnegabs (kahnegabs)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)

They finally did that at my school -- for the teachers anyway. Kids still have separate rooms.

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Posted by: Hey You (martianfencer)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)

And women are more likely to be the ones to take the children to the restroom, so there are probably a third more people using the women's restroom.

At the Maker Fair last spring, there was a very long line for the women's restroom, and no wait at all for the men's, so two of us announced, "Women coming in!" and performed our little civil rebellion.

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