Gender Neutral Restrooms Could Be Mandatory In Workplaces | 22 Words

Societies across the globe are doing their best to make spaces more inclusive by implementing gender-neutral terms and facilities. And now, a new move could see gender-neutral restrooms implemented in all workplaces.

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Now, we're living in the era of gender fluidity.

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Long gone are the days where there were simply 2 genders - Now, people can identify with up to one-hundred different genders or no gender at all.

More and more people are identifying as gender-neutral...

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Or "non-binary," in other terms.

Just to break it down for you...

People use the term “non-binary" to describe genders that don’t fall into 1 of the 2 more traditional categories of male or female.

It might be a confusing concept to get your head around... But it's easy to learn.

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While some non-binary individuals identify as either having a gender that is in-between the 2 categories "man" and "woman," others can fluctuate, or have no gender, either permanently or some of the time.

But can things be taken too far by a minority?

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Take gender slamming fictional characters, for example. Yep, some people choose to take offense over the gender assumption of made-up characters.

A few years ago, some called for Father Christmas to become a gender-neutral figure.

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Even though Father Christmas is a fictional character made up for children, many parents called for the festive figure to not be gender-specific... which really wasn't necessary.

And we can't forget about the whole "gingerbread man" debate, can we?

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Some people were calling for the term to be changed to "gingerbread people."

You simply cannot change history, even though a lot of us would like to.

But that doesn't mean we cannot be progressive and respectful moving forward.

More and more people are now making a conscious effort to include gender-neutral pronouns in day-to-day life.

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And it's safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever and if they think this will help us to achieve equality, then we should respect that.

So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet.

They wrote: "What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someone's gender or are referring to a group," along with a list of appropriate gender-neutral language to use.

For instance...

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"Chair" instead of "Chairman," "Police Officer" instead of "Police Man," and "Spouse" instead of "Husband/Wife."

And now, one Australian state could be taking it one step further...

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By making gender-neutral toilets mandatory in all workforces.

But the idea has received a lot of backlash...

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Gender-neutral toilets could soon be mandatory in all workplaces in Victoria, Australia.

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It could come following a work safety probe currently underway.

The Herald Sun reports that the review is placing primary focus on providing adequate facilities for the welfare of everyone in the workplace.

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This includes the possible introduction of gender-neutral restrooms.

A spokesperson from WorkSafe said in a statement:

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"All employers have an obligation to ensure every worker is protected from the risk of gendered violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, regardless of their gender identity."

Many workplaces expect the review to result in compulsory changes including Marvel Stadium who are including all-gender toilet facilities in their redevelopment.

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Plan are also thought to be in place for facilities to be upgraded at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

A spokesperson for Melbourne Cricket Ground spoke told the Herald Sun: "We are investigating a number of diversity and inclusion actions within the existing infrastructure."

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"The MCC is deeply committed to ensuring we continue to deliver the MCG as an inclusive and safe venue for the entire community."

The review will take into account feedback from community organizations and the public.

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