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Relieving ourselves

Public bathrooms, supposedly built for everyone, are actually highly politicized and exclusionary spaces, writes LEZLIE LOWE

YOU WALK INTO a public bathroom. You pass the line of sinks, eyes ahead. You settle on your stall. Lock the door, hang your bag, check for toilet paper, seat yourself. You start to pee. And you think that’s all you’re doing, taking care of a natural bodily function. Boy, are you wrong. Public bathrooms are some of the most political and most fraught public spaces we navigate in our cities.

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