Bathroom Talk

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  1. TrademarkTer

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    Now this is not the thread about being able to leave your class to use the bathroom as I believe that has been discussed ad nauseam in the past.

    I teach in a high school. I would estimate that our faculty is probably around 30-35% male and 65-70% female. There are only 4 faculty restrooms in the building (all spread apart) for 150-200 faculty members. In one of the faculty rooms, I constantly see women using the men's room because there always seems to be a wait for the women's room. One day, however, it was the opposite. I was waiting to use the men's room, but the women's room was free. A female colleague told me "why don't you just use the women's room instead of waiting, it's all the same..." I told her that was okay, I can wait, and pretended to play with my phone. I would have felt awkward/creepy using the women's room, but the women use the men's room constantly. I think it would be better to maybe just make both of the rooms unisex, but as is, I stick to the men's room. Is this an issue in your school? Are you comfortable going into the restroom of the opposite sex?

    I should clarify: The restrooms are each just for 1 person so it's not like you'd see a member of the opposite sex when you go in.
     
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    Our staff restrooms are unisex--it only makes sense.
     
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    Our staff bathrooms are unisex, but I've never had problems going in a single-person women's room if the men's room was occupied. I would, of course, take extra care to make sure the door locked.
     
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    Our bathrooms are also unisex. It makes the most sense to me. I've never been one who cares about that though, especially for single restrooms that are more like a powder room in your house. I always just wish everyone would do their best to keep them neat!
     
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    One of my female colleagues actually remarked, after coming out of the men's room, how much cleaner it was than the women's room. I found that to be surprising.
     
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    Ours are unisex. I've seen it all, though: from unsightly clogged toilets to bodily fluids all over the seat. We're talking about adult restrooms!
     
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    I'm guessing unisex is the norm in elementary where the women vastly outnumber the men.
     
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    Unisex/single restrooms are also the norm for staff in the high schools I have visited as well.

    I'll also add that our single restrooms also serve as gender-neutral restrooms for students.
     
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    Yeah women can be pretty gross! I've seen both types of restrooms just be absolutely disgusting. The locker room at the gym I belonged to for a little bit was awful. I don't know if the men's was any better but the women's locker room was one reason I was only there for a month or so!
     
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    We have two unisex staff bathrooms for about 100 people. It is not possible to make it there and back between classes, so staff and students use the same bathrooms.
     
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    We have two sets of staff restrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs. We have more women than men in our faculty.

    Most of the time I use the student bathrooms because I'm so far from the faculty bathrooms. However, I've used the men's faculty bathroom multiple times. I don't like to, though, because they don't have the nice soap.
     
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    We have men's and women's faculty bathrooms: men's upstairs, women's are downstairs. There is also a unisex restroom in the teacher's lounge. As a female teacher who teaches upstairs, I have used the men's faculty bathroom in times of desperation. I have also used the student restroom, as it is closer to me than the teacher's lounge. I practically NEVER use the teacher's lounge restroom since there is usually someone eating there and I think it is awkward.
     
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    Since my bathroom breaks are seldom, I would use any available restroom without thinking twice about it. Our student bathrooms are closer to me, so that is what I use. Since only one student per gender is allowed out per time, the staff in the hall can simply hold female students for the nanosecond that I am in there. If I finally found time for a bathroom break, and only the designated men's one person bathroom was open, you better believe that I would have no problem opening that door with my key!
     
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    Our faculty restrooms are unisex, and are all single person.
     

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