We’re talking about little kids here. Five and six-year-olds. Apparently some of them at this San Francisco elementary school (of course it’s San Francisco), don’t “identify” with either gender. So as not to make them feel uncomfortable, the school chose to remove the gendered restrooms and replace them with gender-neutral restrooms. Yahoo! News reported:
Out of 365 students, about six to eight kids at Miraloma Elementary don’t adhere to the traditional gender binary—and that makes potty time fraught with anxiety-inducing decisions.
In order to make using the restroom a carefree process for every student, the San Francisco school has started getting rid of gendered bathrooms, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
So far, the single-stall bathrooms for kindergartners and first graders—which are located within the classroom—are gender neutral. The school plans to phase in bathrooms used by older students over the next few years, including restrooms with multiple stalls.
“I think most people don’t think about how difficult it can be, going to the bathroom for someone like my son,” Jae, the mom of a first grader at Miraloma, told the Chronicle. (Out of concern for her son’s safety, she only gave her first name.) Choosing a bathroom is difficult for Jae’s child, who was born male and identifies as a boy, but prefers to keep his hair long and wear traditionally feminine clothing. At summer camp, he wet himself rather than face a gendered bathroom.
Such conflicts are common for kids who don’t fit the gender binary. Older students will also avoid using the bathroom for an entire school day, which can lead to urinary tract infections and chronic constipation. That’s why the U.S. Department of Labor cited restroom access as matter of “health and safety” in new guidelines for companies looking to integrate transgender employees.
According to Yahoo! News, this bathroom solution will ensure that no student will feel “othered.” If they still used regular restrooms separated by gender, then where would those “non-binary” kids go? They don’t identify with either gender, so they’d feel uncomfortable using either. Even if the school added a gender-neutral restroom just for those special kids, they would feel “othered,” and that’s discrimination. In this case, they all use the same bathroom. There’s no separation or acknowledgement of distinction.
How is this going to work when they get older? They’re planning on putting these gender-neutral bathrooms in for the older elementary students over the next few years. And then middle and high schools too?
The gender-confused kindergarteners are going to grow up expecting that everyone cater to their gender identity issues.