In her article, “Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating,” Emily Bazelon argues that bathrooms stopped being private and separate for genders, and now are opened to everyone in some places that have allowed the person to choose which bathroom they would like to enter in accordance to what they consider their gender is to accommodate their needs, but allowing anyone to enter to some public bathroom can evoke discomfort to people such as woman being uncomfortable using bathrooms with men inside even if they consider themselves a female. Now, transgenders have asked society to rethink and change the rules that separate male from females.
Bazelon states that many people refuse to share bathrooms with people of the opposite sex, and many people protested against the use of shared bathroom, as in Houston, Texas, where “voters rejected a broad equal rights ordinance that protected against discrimination in housing and employment, as well as public spaces, on the basis of several categories, including age and race along with sexual orientation and gender identity.” (Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’). Citizens were in disagreement of the mixture of genders in one bathroom because of the disturbances mixing men and women can cause.
Similar to bathrooms, gender identity and sexual orientation are also present at schools and universities, since students state which pronouns they use, and are allowed to enter any team of the gender they which refer to. But the idea of picking which bathroom they should enter has become a much more profound topic and argument because the use of bathrooms has to do with privacy. Many people are starting to accommodate transgenders with no choice, in other words, even if they do not want to because now this action is being related to civil rights. Many people feel that mixing genders in a bathroom is uncomfortable, but many people argue that everybody has the right to “fit in”.
In order for everybody to feel comfortable and fit in, people need to be accommodated regarding how they feel comfortable. Bazelon depicts that accommodation is practical for everybody, and it is not fair that transgenders are not being accommodated just to accommodate females. Transgenders should feel comfortable and be treated like they belong wherever they feel identified, but, “it’s about relatively small adjustments for the sake of coexistence.” (Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’). Although it is very hard for all people to come to an agreement since everybody has different opinions, many solutions can be enforced about the idea of “accommodation”, and not just the accommodation of transgenders, but of everybody, no matter their gender or their title.
Society has entitled people and has created a cultural idea that men and women should be segregated, use different areas such as bathroom and locker rooms, and complete different tasks. The idea aforementioned has not benefited transgenders because people are going against their norms and they are not having the right to be accommodated. Now that many places are allowing the entrance to transgenders in the opposite-gender bathroom, many girls are feeling uncomfortable, but the purpose of allowing the entrance to anyone was to accommodate the needs of everyone, including transgenders. Transgenders feel that they fit in when they are in the bathroom or any room that goes along with the gender they identify themselves with. Therefore, transgenders have the civil right to be accommodated as they wish, just like everybody else.
Bazelon, Emily. “Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’. The New York Times.” The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia, 17 Nov. 2015, www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/magazine/making-bathrooms-more-accommodating.html?_r=2. Accessed 23 Oct. 2016.