Do you prefer segregated male and female toilets, or would you prefer to have unisex facilities with everybody sharing? That’s a question I was asked recently and I didn’t have to give it much thought.
I've only once used a shared rest room and that was at a workshop held at James Cook University over a long weekend. Nobody seemed to find it uncomfortable.
However, there's a big no-no against shared rest rooms. Have you ever noticed the queues outside the women's lavatory at any large event? It's because they need separate cubicles where they can enjoy both privacy and comfort.
Contrast that with the facilities for men who line up side by side – like crows on a fence – and have competitions to see who can draw the most interesting pictures on the back wall of the urinal. But it's not just the artistry I would hate to lose, it's the speed. In, unzip, splash, zip it up, wash hands, out, and gone. That's quick.
I suppose we could always take a lead from the French and install enclosed urinals in shared rest rooms but think of the inhibiting influence women would have on our cherished, and uniquely male, art form.
No, call me an old fuddy-duddy if you like, but I want segregated rest rooms – unless the ladies are willing to line up with the men and make their own contribution to art pisseau.