Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing

Book - 2010
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In "Toilet," noted sociologist Harvey Molotch and Lauren Noren bring together twelve essays by urbanists, historians and cultural analysts (among others) to shed light on the public restroom and how it reflects and sustains our cultural attitudes towards gender, class, and disability.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780814795880
Branch Call Number: 392.36 TOILE
Characteristics: vii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Molotch, Harvey Luskin
Norén, Laura


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May 24, 2017

A strangely fascinating book, and I completely missed the United Nations' Year of Sanitation in 2008 - - I do make mistakes, I fully admit.
Not to be read during a meal, but some interesting factoids among the reading.
I would like to selfishly take this review to sound the ALARM against the movement against gender-based toilets and restrooms! Am I a vile anti-LGBQT monster?
No, I simply can comprehend what is taking place in Seattle: too many small businesses which afford access to the public - - upon purchase of their product - - to their restrooms, have moved to declare one of their two restrooms gender-free and close the other to the public - - thus overnight the city has almost 50% fewer restrooms available. [Thankfully, some chains or franchises, like McDonald's, hasn't done this and still offers a men's room and ladies room.] Predictable . . .
[So now women must use restrooms used by males, who are mostly pigs, one must admit, and men must wait forever for women to use said restrooms. Sorry, but that is the truth of the matter.]

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