The Effects Of Gender Separate Bathroom Laws On Public Places

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The disunion of a people in public places isn’t new, as a matter a fact it’s over two hundred years old, and has always been justified as a solution to separating ‘superiors’ white cisgender men from the people deemed ‘inferior’ by them. In the Jim Crow era, African Americans had to use separate water fountains, lunch counters, and bathrooms than whites in Southern states. The reason for this was, according to journalist Katy Steinmetz, because many white southerners believed that African Americans were not clean or worthy of releasing bodily fluids in the same room as them, and it wasn’t until almost ninety years later that racial segregation was finally (and rightfully abolished) (“Everything You Need to Know About...”). Gender-separate bathroom laws were born in the year of eighteen eighty-seven beginning in Massachusetts, and by the early nineteen-twenties, the concept spread throughout the United States, and most states began to have similar laws in places. The law was originally passed in response to the industrial growth, and women’s start into the factory workplace. The law, according to researcher Matthew Kopas, was not the first of its kind; at this point, it was not abnormal for women to have separate public spaces than men. Places like the department stores, libraries, banks, post offices all had separate rooms or entrances for women. Conductors would place women on a separate car at the very end of trains to prevent as little injury as possible in case there was…

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