In New York City, a major arts venue changed the signs on its restrooms from 'men' and 'women' to 'All Genders'. However, in smaller print underneath, one sign says 'stalls with urinals' and the other says 'stalls only'. So everyone has to spend a few seconds to do the translation in their mind to figure out which restroom is men vs women. There were several women in the women's room. The door opened and a man peered in. Upon seeing all of us women, he broke into a devilish grin and entered. The opposite would not have been true: If a woman had peered into the 'stalls with urinals' room and seen nothing but men with their pants unzipped, she would not have cheerfully entered. It is not the same thing. The two situations do not mirror each other.
No Conflict, They SAid
In Australia and around the world, legislation is being introduced that replaces sex with gender identity. Advocates insist that there is no conflict of interest. But governments are not collecting data on the impacts of this legislative change. We're worried about the impacts on women of men using women-only spaces, including but not limited to: changing rooms, fitting rooms, bathrooms, shelters, rape and domestic violence refuges, gyms, spas, sports, schools, accommodations, hospital wards, shortlists, prizes, quotas, political groups, prisons, clubs, events, festivals, dating apps, and language. If we can't collect data, we can at least collect stories. Please tell us how your use of women-only spaces has been impacted. All stories will be published anonymously. If you know of other women who have been impacted, please encourage them to tell their stories too.
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