Gender neutral toilets in schools

Many people who experience paruresis tell us that their difficulties first started when they were at school. It's sobering to see that school toilets are still a daunting prospect for many children, with some avoiding them and waiting all day until they get home before peeing. Not only that, they restrict their liquid intake during the day so that they won't need to use the toilet. Some teachers also struggle with finding time to use the toilet during their working day. For more information take a look at this article from the Tes website (formerly the Times Educational Supplement)

#209 by ann

I was really concerned to see this article about the introduction of gender neutral toilet facilities in schools and the impact, particularly for girls. Reports claim that girls are shamed into holding their pee or skipping school due to the fear of being teased when using gender neutral toilets. Additionally, some girls have claimed that they hold in their pee, refusing to urinate all day, due to the anxiety they feel when using same-sex toilets. In some extreme cases, girls have simply stopped drinking liquids at school altogether. As so many women with paruresis have said that their problems began at school, I can't help thinking that this is storing up more paruresis problems for the future

#325 by ann
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