Although societies across the globe are doing their best to make spaces more inclusive by implementing gender-neutral terms and facilities, it seems we still have a long way to go.
Public buildings in the UK are being forced to have separate male and female restrooms...
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.
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?
Take gender slamming fictional characters, for example.
A few years ago, some called for Father Christmas to become a gender-neutral figure.
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.
I'm all for equality but the idea that we should make Santa gender neutral or female is ridiculous! You cannot cha… https://t.co/RIiLMxwfne— Jane Dickinson (@Jane Dickinson)1544687630.0
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.
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.
What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someo… https://t.co/y27Dwa1Jjq— United Nations (@United Nations)1589796180.0
"Chair" instead of "Chairman," "Police Officer" instead of "Police Man," and "Spouse" instead of "Husband/Wife."
But despite making progress...
It seems there's one place taking a step backwards...
Public buildings in the UK will soon be forced to have separate male and female restrooms as opposed to gender-neutral.
And the internet has a lot to say about it...
Communities Secretary for the UK, Robert Jenrick, is to rewrite planning regulations in order to enforce separate stalls in new buildings and demand partitions be installed in current unisex facilities.
It comes after several companies and authorities in UK had replaced single sex restrooms with gender-neutral ones.
The Daily Mail reports that a review of restrooms was launched by Mr. Jenrick's Communities department last year, following several complaints about gender-neutral facilities.
Under the changes, those gender-neutral restrooms will be replaced and buildings will have to separate male and female facilities with women's cubicles required to be entirely self contained for privacy.
As per the Daily Mail, a source close to Mr Jenrick spoke with the Telegraph and said:
"It's a necessity for women to have access to their own provision of toilets, but too often separate sex toilets are being removed by stealth - causing great distress."
"We've listened to the concerns raised by women and the elderly about their security, dignity and safety and are going to maintain and improve safe guards by updating regulations in order to ensure that there is always the necessary provision of separate toilets for everyone in the community."
"These changes will help to maintain safeguards that protect women and the proper provision of separate toilets, which has long been a regulatory requirement, will be retained and improved."
"We recognise there needs to be a public service provision for everyone in our community, and want to help to deliver on that objective."
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