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Submitted by: Anonymous
I am cisgender. I was born into a female-assigned body, and I identify with that by living as a woman, and loving every minute of it. Yet restrooms have always been uncomfortable places; the perceived intimacy of what occurs in those spaces has been a never-ending barrier for me. It felt as though I was exposing an aspect of my life that should never leave the confines of my private life. One day, while walking into a “women’s” room, I observed that the figure emblazoned upon the sign outside the door was wearing a skirt. I looked down and was wearing jeans, and found it humorous that I was still fit to enter, even though I may not fit that representation affixed on the wall. As I nervously entered the restroom, I realized that my nervousness was fully internal. No one else there would think a single thing of me being there, wearing pants or a skirt, because I am so obviously feminine. I then thought of those individuals who fall outside societal constructs of the gender binary; that which claims only male and female exist. That we are born male, or born female, and we’re stuck with what we have. I then wondered how much worse it would feel to be perceived as an outsider within such a personal space like a public restroom. Walking into a place where I wouldn’t be sure I fit in, could be questioned, harassed, kicked out, or even arrested for being in the “wrong” place to do something as simple and biological as taking a leak. My fears were vanquished. Never again would my shoulders tense as I enter a stall. Because society says I belong. I firmly believe we should all belong. That fear should never bring beads of nervous sweat to the skin of those fearing opposition; never fill the chest of the person who just doesn’t fit into our world’s tiny boxes of identity. I challenge us to evaluate the places we belong, the places we don’t, why, and who created these boundaries. And then tear them down.
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The Bathroom Agenda Manifesto:
We believe that gender specific bathrooms are a repressive tool of the dominant class.
We believe that gender specific bathrooms are pointless and harmful.
We believe that everyone should feel safe to pee.
We believe that gender is a social construct used for social control.
We believe that a restroom revolution is at hand.
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