Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bathrooms Matter: I GOTTA GO!

Dr Ada M Fisher
As one ages, ones bladder capacity and urinary dysfunction is altered due to pregnancy, prostate problems and general protoplasmic trials and tribulations. Raised in a house with four brothers and an older sister with one shared bathroom, you learn about holding ones water, privacy and sharing in a way that public restrooms generally don’t allow.

The recent legislative action by the Charlotte, NC City Council to allow both sexes access to eithers designated restroom without regard to genetic/sexual identity is stupid or just plain dumb.  The issue isn’t LBGT rights but failure to protect personal privacy which is paramount when elimination of bodily waste is concerned.

As young children, my sons went into conniptions when they had to use the women’s bathrooms where their walled off privacy stalls were more than male urinal accommodations provided.  A challenge for fathers with custody of their small daughters needing to go is taking them to the male facilitates.  In Israel there are rest areas which can accommodate either way with water/toilet closets and a common troth for hand washing.  In airports the designated family facilities accommodate either sex as well as have diaper changing stations.

We are taking accommodations too far when there are often simple alternatives for bathroom privacy.  Faculty/individual bathrooms are usually available in schools which those not identifying physically/genetically as male or female could access.  Building codes should be modified to preference for handicapped type stalls some of which have hand washing capabilities.  This larger, safer space beats the rows of toilets which those of us of the oversized variety may have to back into while the able bodied too often hog those designated for the disabled.

I have learned to accept that there are people in the world who don’t share my life style values, but there is a biological imperative on certain issues involving the need for privacy in making personal choices which may supersede collective individual rights. Times are a changing, but forcing a wrong which offends the needs of those of us who relish in our natural anatomy and sexuality isn’t  right. Let us be who we are and have some privacy in the bathroom please.

Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician, licensed teacher in secondary education—Mathematics and Science, former School Board Member, Medical  Director in a Fortune  500 Company and as well as the NC Republican National Committee Woman. Her book, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I may be ordered through any bookstore or purchased on line through or or on Kindle. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145;

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