this has been stuck in my head since i've had an apartment full of nieces and nephews the whole summer and taking them out to restaurants etc. always brings up this issue: why do people freak out when a man uses a women's [and vice versa] toilet in public when everyone is fine with men and women using the same toilet at home? the more i think about this, the more i realize it is a strange situation. there was even a news story i read about a school having to build a 3rd toilet for transgender students! i say we need to do away with men's and women's toilets all together. this would even out waits for women and might make people cleaner overall [an end to women who hover-pee and men who don't lift the seats – you all know who you are].
while i'm at it and since this is a design blog – architects: please design public bathrooms with ambient music speakers built in the walls so no-one has to hear anyone elses colon work other than their own; for all bathrooms, insist on adequate ventilation; design a drain in the floor for ease of efficient cleaning; and specify japanese style washlette toilets:)