This morning, the Obama administration sent a letter
(PDF) to all public schools in the United States, signed by the Department of Justice and and Department of Education, issuing guidance
(PDF) that discrimination against transgender students’ rights violates schools’ legal obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. All students must be allowed to use the restroom and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, and "schools are prohibited from publicly disclosing a transgender student's birth name or biological sex, and are required to change the gender on school records and directories when asked." [more inside]
After witnessing a transgender woman in the women's dressing room at Planet Fitness, Yvette Cormier made comments and complaints to other exercisers every day for a week. Rather than changing their established gender identity non-discrimination policy, Planet Fitness cancelled her gym membership
for violating their "No Judgement Zone
." [more inside]
Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design
"Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known but our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster" [more inside]
Going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and finding yourself worried about bathroom options? Try AirPnP
. Like Airbnb, but for bathrooms. [more inside]
In December 2012, school district officials informed the family of Coy Mathis, a girl who was assigned male at birth, that she would no longer be allowed to use the girls' bathrooms at school. The Mathis family filed suit. Today, they won
. [more inside]
Sometimes, bathroom graffiti can make you do more than grin/grimace.
A short round-up of some of the more moving and/or thought-provoking bits of bathroom graffiti out there.
Tired of getting busted for illegally peeing
* in New York City? Try Diaroogle.com
, a toilet search engine that "helps you find quality public toilets from your mobile phone." [more inside]
was studying to be an Episcopal priest in the mid-1950s when he learned, shortly after his father's death, that his father, Oklahoma State Representative Ira D. Humphreys
, took trips to New Orleans to have sex with other men. After being dismissed as an Episcopal priest in the 1960s, Laud Humphreys then enrolled as a sociology grad student where he completed a dissertation about men who had sex with other men in public bathrooms in St. Louis
, which Humphreys researched by agreeing to serve as a "watch queen"
, looking out for the police. After writing down the license plate numbers of the men having sex, Humphreys traced the men's addresses and contacted them in disguise, claiming to be collecting data for a public health survey. The research, which was condemned as unethical
for its use of covert methods
, was published in 1970 as Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places
. [more inside]
has an interesting new ad campaign out that uses something a lot of designers tend to forget about when putting together a poster: the paper it's printed on
(possible product name: The Crap Zapper!) is a waterless toilet which, according to its fans, is cleaner, less expensive, and more eco-friendly than its counterparts because it uses fire instead of water
It's All in the Head
-- "It could be said that the restroom wall is the last great medium for pure self-expression."
A lesson every woman needs to learn.
I myself practise "hovering" and what the article leaves out is how it can work wonders for one's thigh muscles (ha ha). Seriously, for women, going to the bathroom is a complicated process.
The Writings on the Stall
:: a new compendium of bathroom graffiti
Toilets of the World
:: a photoblog, sort of...
You've got to be impressed by Smith College
's Brown Fine Arts Center
. Not only do they have traveling shows, permanent works, and student installations, they've got one thing few other museums can boast: Restrooms As Functional Art
. Check out the photos
to see the different ways the men's and women's rooms became works in an of themselves.
Sadly, there's a dearth of literature on toilet hygiene. Here in Portugal, being a clean-living people, after wasting a forest of bunched-up paper, we thoroughly wash our arses/asses in a bidet
after - pardon my French - taking a dump
. Men, it must be said, carefully wipe their dicks with toilet paper after a pee and flush twice. Women, though deprived of dicks in the tradition of old Freudian "penis envy", do the same. I wonder whether this is a universal tradition. Pray tell. Ugh!
Urinal Interface Design.
Our aim is to keep this place clean. Your aim will help. [via guuui]
Do you plan to stay at a Marriott hotel any time soon? If so, you might want to relieve yourself in the dark since a spy cam was found in a Marriott hotel's bathroom
lighting fixture and connected to the same circuit so as to turn on with the lights.
. Oh, it's not like you weren't expecting it. I'm surprised it took this long, actually.
Father demands seperate bathroom for lesbians
The San Diego school system rejects parents demand to create lesbian bathroom because he did not want his daughter sharing the restroom or dressing area with homosexuals
is a site where you can scope out the possible nastiness of a bathroom before you need to go use it. Most of the rated bathrooms seem to be centered around the Minneapolis, MN area. You can even send a restroom e-card
to your friends (or enemies).
Restrooms of the future! Ladies, now you too can stand up and pee in a urinal
. What a concept, where's that piss on Osama screen when you need it?
It's time to potty. First, you might want to drop in on the Toilet Museum
. If you're in Tokyo, the Tokyo Toilet Map
may come in handy, although the data's a tad stale. Japanese-style toilets are different, but not too difficult to use
. Turkish toilets are also different
. Just remember to be neat about it
and you'll be a-okay!
School installs unisex toilets
The headmaster claims not to have seen Ally McBeal. I have to wonder, though. But let's face it: it's going to be horrific.
Double Entendre and the Design of Public Lavatories
. From a recent Wall St. Journal article on the architecture of bathrooms...
"Bathrooms are for more than just relieving the kidneys," says Ian Schrager, owner of 16 boutique hotels in New York, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere. "It's about someone coming out with a smile on their face and wanting to tell their friends about it because it's fun."
As one of the promoters behind Studio 54, I imagine Mr. Scharger is no doubt aware of the double meaning of the above quote. The article is interesting, but of course you need a subscription to read it, as such, I have taken the liberty of posting the article myself without the WSJ's permission.
ABC : Get ready for ``Must Pee TV.''
So, imagine, there you are, at the urinal, trying to make peace, when Norm's sexist melon is right in your face, saying "Oh my God, look at the size of that thing!"; "Hey watch your shoes!"; "You're a mover and shaker, and so am I."; "visual tag lines" like: "Another fine use of the color yellow."
"The campaign is designed to raise awareness that the series has been moved to ABC's Friday schedule. The audience will understand when we're done that (Friday) is an adult night of comedy."
An essential HOWTO
For the people that don't know the trauma
they are causing.
Going to Disney Land any time soon? You may want to see which Restrooms
are the best, and which ones aren't. Which ones are open, and which ones are closed. Of course, you could always just go there and take your chances.