De­bate: The num­ber of gen­der-neu­tral loos are on the rise but... Should all pub­lic toi­lets be uni­sex?

anx­i­ety and Jane Evans, 57, is a child­hood Wilt­shire stress ex­pert. She lives in

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Go­ing to the bath­room in pub­lic can make some women very anx­ious, so why would we want to make that sit­u­a­tion more dif­fi­cult? We use them for a num­ber of rea­sons be­sides the ob­vi­ous – in­clud­ing get­ting changed, deal­ing with pe­ri­ods, or fix­ing make-up. Adding men into the mix could make it un­com­fort­able for all. I have come across uni­sex toi­lets and I don't like us­ing them, I’d rather wait un­til I get home. I wouldn’t want to put my­self in that sit­u­a­tion. Shar­ing a bath­room at home with a part­ner, who we know and trust, isn’t the same as shar­ing a pub­lic toi­let with strangers. The el­e­ment of safety can’t be ig­nored. It’s not scare­mon­ger­ing to ad­mit that sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault ex­ists – it’s the tragic re­al­ity that women are sta­tis­ti­cally more likely to have these aw­ful ex­pe­ri­ences, and us­ing a uni­sex loo can make us feel more vul­ner­a­ble. Of course, men can feel vul­ner­a­ble too, but this would also help pro­tect them. We’ve had sep­a­rate pub­lic toi­lets for many years so why change them now? If keep­ing them sep­a­rate makes women feel more com­fort­able, then they are best left as they are.

Jane thinks uni­sex loos can en­dan­ger women

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