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]
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.
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.
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.