Bathroom Equity

So, last night I was walking my dogs down by the gorgeous Oakland-Alameda estuary.  I adore the Grand Street Marina, mostly because there is a kinda clean 24 hour bathroom there.  Also because it is one of the few places in the area with free boat launching facilities.  No, I don’t have a boat right now, but it’s in the future experience of me.  Anyway, I digress.  We are talking about bathrooms today.  So I noticed that the men’s bathroom is very well lit, and yet BOTH lights are non-functional in the women’s room.  And I think this has been going on for a very long time.  This got me thinking (what doesn’t).  It is 2010, the end of the nameless decade, well into the new millennium.  We have a person of color as President of the United States for cryin’ out loud.  Why are there still separate but unequal facilities for peeing?  Maybe a man can explain it to me, but I just don’t understand why we can’t eliminate urinals and all pee together.

Yes, I can understand why men don’t want us women sauntering by, judging the “dink-a-dinks” as my granddaughter calls them.  But why do you guys need to stand around and pee together.  Can’t you just go in the stall, take care of business, and come out.  We could do that right next to each other.  Now for those brave men who have read this far, you may not understand why I care about this issue so fully.  But women understand.  Go to any large event.  You can pick the women’s room from a mile away.  The One With the Big Gnarly line.  In most situations, there are more women than men, so the lines are waaay long.  So, men of America, I say unto you.  Drop the urinal.  Let all restroom be free for all!

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