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Time:06:15 pm
Why are single-person locking bathrooms, such as those ofte found in restaurants, gender-segregated?
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whitebird
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Time:2008-02-10 02:21 am (UTC)
Actually, I'm seeing more dual use bathrooms. Most of them have changing station tables, though.
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terrencechan
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Time:2008-02-10 02:40 am (UTC)
In Australia, I went to a restaurant that only had one bathroom, but two stalls (one for men, one for women).

My friends and I had a lengthy debate over whether it would make a woman uncomfortable to have a guy in the stall next to her, even separated by the wall and locked door.
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wild_irises
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Time:2008-02-10 02:47 am (UTC)
This is not a winnable debate, because there is no such thing as "a woman" in this context. Some yes, some no. Me, generally no.
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songmonk
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Time:2008-02-10 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm not sure, but I do know that this is beneficial to the men in terms of wait time.

It may be beneficial to you in terms of not having to deal with men who pee on the toilet. But I hear that women do that too.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2008-02-10 02:44 am (UTC)
The men's rooms often have urinals.
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wild_irises
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Time:2008-02-10 02:47 am (UTC)
Yes, and I've always wondered why it's dangerous for women to see urinals ...
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2008-02-10 02:58 am (UTC)
cooties
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wild_irises
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Time:2008-02-10 03:16 am (UTC)
And that's the answer to whipartist's question in a nutshell.
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prock
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Time:2008-02-10 04:47 am (UTC)
They might be inspired to use them? Although in practice I expect it would only be marginally more messy to clean up.
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rahaeli
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Time:2008-02-10 02:57 am (UTC)
I often use both (I refuse to wait in a five-person line for the women's single-stall locking bathroom when the men's single-stall locking bathroom is empty) and I suspect it has something to do with differing cleanliness expectations. (The men's room always has a filthier floor. The women's room always has a filthier toilet.)

And, you know, societal conditioning and all.
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chukspace
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Time:2008-02-10 04:28 am (UTC)
It's so the men's bathroom can have urinals and the women's bathroom can have a chaise longue, in case of fainting.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2008-02-10 04:46 am (UTC)
So that only same-sex couples can go in together for a hot quickie.
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jaxia
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Time:2008-02-10 04:51 am (UTC)
FTW!
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phoenix14159
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Time:2008-02-10 09:21 am (UTC)
In New Hampshire there is (or was when I lived there, and it probably hasn't changed) a law to the effect that there had to be separate facilities. There was a restaurant in the town where I lived that was located in what used to be a house. The women's room was on the main floor, the men's a floor up.

They had a sign on the door saying something like "The NH Liquor Control Board requires that we have separate facilities for men and women. We think the LCB should keep its noses out of our bathrooms. Use whichever one you want."

That "Live Free or Die" motto didn't come out of nowhere. Ayup.
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slfisher
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Time:2008-02-10 01:20 pm (UTC)
I've wondered this myself, and faced with a line to the women's room and not to the men's, I'll use the men's.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-02-11 06:58 pm (UTC)
Me too!

At Ti Couz once, I came out of the men's room at the exact same moment that a guy came out of the women's room.
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