A row has broken out at the University of Manchester after its students' union toilets were "de-gendered".So, some institutions aren’t short of cash, then…? And the reason for this bizarre decision?
Temporary signs have made the "ladies" simply "toilets", while the "gents" have become "toilets with urinals".
The changes are in response to an unspecified number of complaints from trans students who are uncomfortable using the men's toilets.An ‘unspecified number’ being how many? More than one? Nice cost-benefit analysis there…
A university newspaper criticised the move but the student union said it was needed to tackle transphobia.Ah, yes, another totally made-up word to describe the not-unreasonable suggestion that biological females would be unhappy sharing their toilet facilities with someone who isn’t female. (I note there’s been no complaints the other way…!).
Welfare officer Jennie Killip told the BBC:"If you were born female, still present quite feminine, but define as a man you should be able to go into the men's toilets - if that's how you define.Excellent! I’m defining myself as a racehorse, then entering the Derby, and I’ll sue if anyone tries to deny me the right!. What, that’s ridiculous, you say? Well, not really any more ridiculous than the above, is it?
"You don't necessarily have had to have gender reassignment surgery, but you could just define yourself as a man, feel very masculine in yourself, feel that in fact being a woman is not who you are."
I have a certain amount of sympathy for anyone with a condition that makes them believe that they are born the ‘wrong’ sex. And following the successful completion of the necessary surgery, see no problem with allowing them into their ‘new’ sex’s toilets (And yes, I’m quite aware that that’s purely cosmetic change, and their DNA still marks them as ‘male’). But that’s not what is being asked here, and airhead ‘Welfare Officer’ Ms Killip is well aware of this.
I’d also question her role as ‘Welfare Officer’, because the cause she champions risks upsetting a greater proportion of the students than she may have anticipated:
Asked about the change, some female students questioned the move.Hmmm, more indoctrination needed for these two, I think. Don’t they recognise where they come in the hierarchy of Victimhood Poker? Hint, ladies: it’s not above the ‘needs’ of those who can’t make up their minds if they’re Mark or Martha. ‘Welfare Officer’ Killip is on a mission!
One said: "Girls might not want to use the same toilets as boys, so then you just end up with people complaining about that - so you can't really win.
Another told the BBC: "I personally wouldn't want to be in the same toilet as a man."
This appears to have sparked a bit of internecine warfare:
The move prompted an editorial in campus newspaper Student Direct last week which criticised the new arrangements.Nothing nicer than seeing lefties turning on each other…
Newspaper spokeswoman Susannah Birkwood said: "The toilets have been provided for men who don't self identify as men and women who don't think of themselves as women.
"Whether or not this is political correctness gone mad.. because it certainly seems that way to some members of our student community."