The washroom, which will be on the main floor, is designed to allow gender-variant students and students with disabilities â€œto utilise the washrooms with ease and dignity,â€ according to a SSMU press release. SSMU VP Community and Government Brianna Hersey said the executive chose to increase accessibility beyond the current McGill definition in order to better meet the needs of its marginalised students.
I’m not going to debate whether this should be a pressing concern of a Canadian university. The Ally McBealesque concept, however, intrigues me.
Back in the day, I worked at a community rec centre, and had plenty of time to muse on the nature of gender and changerooms. Why do we have gender-specific changerooms? Presumably, it’s because of a Puritanical belief that if men and women are permitted to see each other naked, they’ll be unable to control themselves and rampant orgies will ensue.
If that’s the case, then why aren’t our changerooms sexual-preference-specific? Why don’t we have Gay Men, Straight Men, Gay Women, Straight Women and individual stalls for the Bisexuals? I considered this when, while at the Rec Centre (but not in the changeroom), I was hit on by a gay man. My metrosexuality aside, the incident reminded me that the gender-specific changeroom wans’t necessarily a desexualized environment.
Me, I’m for one big changeroom. If an orgy breaks out, all the better.