Idea: Preview

Relevance:     Universal
In our modern times, as our societies adjust to the acceptance of non-simplistic, non-binary genders—i.e. genders other than female women and male men—gender-based organization of toilet and bathroom access has become a common topic of vigorous public debate. Specifically, public toilet and bathroom facilities are usually divided into “women” and “men” chambers, where transgender and other-gendered people frequently find themselves unwelcome from using either of the chambers. Issues of safety and comfort are typically raised, especially regarding women and children. To solve this problem various arrangements are being tried, such as “unisex” chambers and fully private chambers, but each of these solutions still leaves some of the parties dissatisfied.
     However, despite the seeming sociocultural complexity of this matter, the solution to this problem is very simple. Toilet and bathroom facility access is not a sociocultural matter at all – it is purely an economic matter.  The appropriate thing is to provide every person using the toilet and bathing facilities with their own chamber to take care of their bodily needs in the comfort of complete privacy. This is the most natural thing for humans to do (unless one actually invites another into the chamber to join them), and the current arrangements of channeling multiple people into one chamber, regardless of which gender they are, is disgustingly unnatural.
     Of course, the critics of such a solution will be inclined to cite additional costs of this arrangement. But all things considered, the costs of this arrangement (additional faucets, walls, doors, drains, etc.) are essentially negligible compared to the operational lifetime of such facilities. To put it simply, this is completely affordable, especially taking into account the gigantic productivity of our modern societies. Furthermore, the potential exists that with higher quality facilities the people using them will be more inclined to take better care of them, keeping public toilets cleaner for the next person to use; but even failing that, the next person to use the toilet will at least be in a better position to clean the toilet for themself, whenever it is necessary. Basically, the benefits of this arrangement greatly outweigh the costs.
     Lastly, regarding the implementation of this arrangement, it should be implemented immediately in all public publicly funded spaces (administrative buildings, schools, courts, etc.), starting with the construction plans of all new public buildings. In restricted publicly funded spaces (such as military installations and combat zones), special provisions may be required. In privately operated spaces (such as restaurants, movie theaters, bars, nightclubs, swimming pools, sport stadiums, etc.), the decision of how to provide for their clientele with toilet and bathroom arrangements should be left to the discretion of the operators; however, from the legal/criminal perspective, each person should be free to use the facilities that they feel are the best fit for them. Thus, in the case of privately operated spaces, it will be up to the free will of the people and the resulting market forces to reward those who implement this solution and to penalize those who do not.
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