Shanghai’s first gender-neutral public bathroom will open next month, just in time to help celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19th.
The 100 square meter facility is located at the intersection of Pudong South Road and Zhangjiabang Road in Pudong. Inside, there are ten stalls, along with one separate room for urinals and another separate room for people with disabilities or parents with small children.
Back in June, in an historic effort to make people of all genders feel less nervous about entering public toilets in China, Beijing initiated a campaign to promote gender-neutral bathrooms starting at the city’s bar.
This time around, officials’ motives seem a bit less noble. One official said that the city’s public sanitation authority wasn’t sure who would use the bathroom more men or women, so they just decided to make it unisex, the Global Times reports.
In addition, the gender-neutral public toilet is also about improving efficiency. Most of the time, women are stuck waiting in longer lines for available stalls when compared with men. This new facility will help to even things out.
Officials say that people’s privacy and safety are of their utmost concern and workers will closely watch over the place to make sure that nothing goes wrong, though hopefully not too closely.
We’re just glad that China hasn’t decided to combine unisex and transparent bathrooms yet.
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