It’s a 21st century thing to be hip, trendy, current, tolerant, and inclusive, especially on state funded college campuses. That’s what made me gasp when I read that Missouri State University is smiling over it’s recent invasion of privacy geared towards female students, staff and visitors to campus! Huh?
Is this some conservative, back to the ’50s rubbish by some right wing big-haired out of touch religious nut jobs? Nope! Liberal, open-minded thinkers are the perpetrators!
Yep. Good ol’ MSU Presidente Clif Smart… one smart guy… (sorry, couldn’t resist) decided it was socially relevant and ultra tolerant to take out the urinals in the men’s room and turn it into a women’s room on the fourth floor of the Plaster Student Union.
So, where do the men go when they gotta go? Wait for it…it gets better (or worse?)
Smarty Pants put TWO women’s restrooms up there. And, well, he’s letting men do their business in BOTH restrooms. In this enlightened, tolerant age, WOMEN are once again the subject of discrimination… early 20th century calling…I hear you loud and clear…
Well, I had to go see this blatant anti-female discrimination for myself. I went up there and snapped this picture on my phone:
Multi-Stall? Really? Ya think? How many public (non-family) restrooms are multi-stall? Hmm. Oh, yeah. All of ’em, Sherlock!
(See the official news report below where President Smart equates family bathrooms (with a lock) to gender unspecified bathrooms without a lock… BIG difference!)
I didn’t stop at the door. I went in, gamely, a man of the world, born in the 1960s, ready for… what? I don’t know what I expected. Maybe floor to ceiling stalls with sound proof (and odor proof) barriers.
What I had entered was a women’s bathroom. A young lady stood primping at the mirror, but quickened her pace as I slipped into the first stall. “My Lord,” I thought. “You can see through the door slot and underneath and, you can, hear everything… I’m in a women’s restroom legally.”
The young lady had disappeared, naturally. I looked around. Sanitary napkin dispenser. No urinals. Three stalls. A women’s restroom. A boring version of one. But a man image on the door alongside the woman.
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
Suddenly, I realized what had happened to Presidente Smarty Pants at MSU. He was like the Emperor in the childhood fairy tale. You remember, the portly dude who got duped into paying some tricksters top dollar for the finest clothes.The con-artists told everyone that only ill-bred fools couldn’t see the cloth the clothes were made of, and that astute, intelligent, tolerant, liberal, free-thinking Trump-bashing Americans could see the clothes were indeed made of the finest quality.
You know how this fairy tale goes. The Emperor in nothing but his man bra and pantaloons parades through town with everyone “oohing” and “ahhing” (nobody saw any clothes, but feared being cast an intolerant fool, or worse, a Conservative Republican) so they pretended all was politically correct until this honest kid comes up.
Gotta love kids!
“Looky, looky, the big fat man is walking around in his underwear!”
FEELING SORRY FOR YOU EDUCATED ELITISTS
As I left the restroom and inspected the identical one across the hallway, equally labeled and equally disappointing to women, I felt sorry for the liberated folks who feel threatened that they can’t cross a politically incorrect bridge for fear of being beat down and scoffed at as being “TransPhopic”…(Just put the word “phobic” on anything now if you disagree with someone, and it works; they cave in like a soggy taco shell!)
The entire experience on the fourth floor public restrooms at Plaster Student Union made me feel like I was peeping in on the ladies. It’s not fair for the women who have to endure creepers like me.I can imagine how uncomfortable they feel now that men have invaded their domain. They’re waiting for a 4-year-old boy to yell, “Hey, this is a girls’ bathroom!”
So, get a grip, Emperor Smart… put your clothes back on, the parade’s still going. Get your bathrooms lined up with the right chromosomes. Ditch the social backfire and go back to boys and girls potty breaks.
If you’re confused, ask any 4-year-old.
BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA VERSION OF THIS STORY
“On Nov. 18, large signs placed near the restroom entrances stated the change will “allow anyone, at any time, to use either restroom.”
The sign read: “The Plaster Student Union appreciates everyone’s understanding , as it reaffirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion of all students and patrons who used this facility.”
Restrooms on other floors will remain “assigned gender.”
MSU President Clif Smart said this step is part of the university’s ongoing effort to make students, staff, faculty and patrons feel welcome while visiting the campus.
“This is not a major change,” he said. “We have always had 30-50 gender-neutral bathrooms all across campus. Sometimes they have been referred to as family bathrooms.”
The MSU website includes a map showing the types of restrooms available in many of the high traffic buildings including “gendered,” “gender-neutral” and “special circumstance.” Other details include single or multi-stall options and whether or not the restroom can be locked.
Smart said the single-stall “family” bathrooms have long provided an option for nontraditional students who need to change a diaper, seek privacy to breastfeed or want to take a child, of a different gender, to the restroom.
“We wanted to make sure there are options,” he said. “Having multiple bathrooms where both sexes have access is a positive.”
Dean of Students Thomas Lane, associate vice president for student life, works on the fourth floor of the union and there are restrooms right outside his office.
He said it made sense to designate the restrooms in the union, since it was a high traffic area for students and others visiting campus.”
Back to PAST DUE RANT Point of View:
My point in bringing this up is to get MSU to reinstate gender assigned restrooms so the women don’t feel uncomfortable having men in their private space. But I’m just one man vs. the rest of the world!
Your thoughts and comments welcome!
John Cockroft is a former news editor and self-appointed authority on life. He lives in Missouri with his lovely wife and enjoys spending time with his amazing sons. He has authored six books, co-authored two more, and plans to travel to Saturn in a rental car when the rates go low enough. http://www.JohnCockroft.com and TwentyFourSevenMarriage on YouTube for more details about him.