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
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