Excellent post deconstructing the various images used to depict the “male” and “female” bathrooms/washrooms/toilets. Did I mention it has lots of images? (That’s pictures in English.)
Oh I remember this post! If I remember right there’s quite a lot of facepalm worthy comments by cis people in the comment section.
This is the good shit. I remember a year or so back when I read this post I got anxious and a bit frustrated because, like, what does the post author want the bathroom signs to be? They took down like every possible way of signifying the binary. Now of course I get that that’s really the point. The catalogue of different tropes here is really interesting.
Yes, it’s easy to miss the point that the real problem is upholding the gender binary. That the signs are problematic in themselves is secondary. In these cases I always think back the prime example of what bathroom signs *should* be: robots and aliens.
(image from http://kalany.tumblr.com/post/5114304934/saturn-cafe-in-santa-cruz-has-two-multigender)