Commonplace Book #4: Gender Inclusive Bathrooms

The sign below explains that the bathroom is gender neutral/gender inclusive and was most likely written by someone from AU Housing and Dining. The sign explains the concept of a gender neutral bathroom, addresses any possible concerns, and then provides a solution to these concerns. What I find strange about the sign is the last statement. If AU is trying to make gender inclusive bathrooms the new “norm” on campus, why are they allowing people to opt out by locking the door. Locking the door seems to defeat the entire purpose of the all inclusive bathroom. How are you supposed to adjust to a new situation by avoiding it entirely?

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Grace Wilmeth

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