For many of us, a trip to the ladies or mens room is a basic everyday occurance that we don’t think twice about. However, according to a new book from York University sexuality studies Professor Sheila Cavanagh, the gendered nature of modern public restrooms is a source of great distress for some people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer or intersex (LGBTQI) community.
Cavanagh’s book, Queering Bathrooms: Gender Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination (University of Toronto Press, 2010), delves into the often overlooked gender segregation that most Canadian public bathrooms impose on the public.
Cavanagh conducted a series of interviews with individuals in the LGBTQI community to gain an understanding of the issues that some people have with strictly male or female oriented bathrooms. According to her research, Cavanagh found that many LGBTQI individuals . . . → Read More: Occupied: York Professor’s Book Looks at Gender Segregation in Public Bathrooms