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End sex-segregated public restrooms in the United States!

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Started: 7/9/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 3 months ago Status: Debating Period
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Segregating public restrooms by a person's sex is just as discriminatory as segregating public restrooms by a person's race. We have already established that racial segregation of public restrooms is an unacceptable practice after the courts repealed the bulk of the jim crow laws upon the passage of the civil rights act(1964). The repeal of the jim crow laws was done on the premise that "separate but eqal" (a common justification for segregation at the time) was not equal. While the civil rights act was passed mostly to deal with racial segregation, the premise remains the same. Separate can't and never will be equal. Women and men should not be denied the right to use half the public restrooms in the United States. If a restroom is designated as public, then that restroom should be availiable to all members of the public without restriction. Therefore, I propose that all public restrooms be de-segregated by sex.
I firmly believe that the past legal precendant established 50 years ago is enough to defend my position. Even still, men and women have co-existed with eachother for years in public facilities and the majority of them have remained law abiding citizens despite constant exposure to the opposite sex. So even if you cannot agree with the legal basis for my argument, it is very difficult to disagree with the idea that men and woman are incapable of being civil towards eachother. We are civil to the opposite sex on a daily basis whenever it be through opposite sex friendships, marriage, or even just working and studying with eachother. If we can do all this, then what's the harm in having both sex's in the same bathroom together especially when we have closed stalls anyway?


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Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for accepting my challenge.

I will begin by defining the following terms for the purpose of this debate

Term list

Sex- Refers, to the state of being male or female

Genitalia- The reproductive organs of males and females.

Segregate-the practice of restricting people to certain areas of residence or to separate institutions (e.g., schools, churches) and facilities (parks, playgrounds, restaurants, restrooms) on the basis of one or more classifications such as race, sex, economic class, etc

Public- Maintained for or used by the people or community

Community-a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common

People- Humans in general

Restrooms-Rooms or a room having a washbowl, toilet, and other facilities for use by employees, visitors, etc.

Public restrooms-Any structure or facility situated on public or private property equipped with toilets, urinals or washbowls, or other similar facilities, erected and maintained for use by members of the general public for personal hygiene and comfort.

Sex-segregated public restroom- Public restroom(s) that restrict people to certain areas or spaces based on the classification of a person's sex as male or female.

Now that I have defined the basic terms, I will begin by discussing the origins of sex segregated bathrooms. The common misconception involving people who are against ending sex-segregated public restrooms is that public restrooms were originally segregated by sex due to differences in male and female genitalia. This is not the case. Sex-Segregated restrooms were created in the United States(late 1800's) due to anxiety about where a women belonged in the world. Policy makers in the late 1800's believed women were weak inferior beings who belonged only in the home as homemakers, house wives, and child bearers due to the social norms of the time period. As women began transitioning into the working world, these policy makers felt that they had an obligation to protect and shelter women from the harsh realities of the public world. In order to ensure women were protected, not only were separate bathrooms created, but also separate reading rooms, train cars( especially in the back, so males would take the brunt force of a collision.), and whatever other facilities they could come up to keep women away from public life. While these policy makers had good intentions at the time, our views on women have changed drastically since the late 1800's. The majority of people in this era do not see women as fragile beings who should be confined to the home for their own safety. Today, most people view women as capable of being strong workers/providers, who can live and think independently from men. So with all that said, since women no longer need to be protected from the world, there is no reason to have sex-segregated public restrooms as there is nothing they need to be protected from.

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Posted by TheBenC 3 months ago
I would never want a 10 year old girl and a 50 year old man in the same bathroom. Really, he is pissing in a urinal while this little girl walks past?

Oh you will probably say to get rid of urinals too...
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