There's been a lot of debate in the last few years about public bathrooms and the transgendered. I find it fascinating that there's one solution to this issue that would make both sides happy, that'd have real logistical gains even in a world where transgender didn't exist, and that absolutely nobody is talking about.
Every one-person bathroom should be unisex.
Think about it. The only costs associated are a few new signs, so that's not a serious concern. It helps reduce lineups caused by one gender or the other being disproportionately in need of a bathroom at that moment. It gives everyone twice as many choices, which is convenient for all involved. There's no concerns about a dude being in the ladies' room, so the prudish and paranoid will have a lot fewer concerns on that front. And while the current debate about bathroom use is in keeping with what transgendered people want, all the other categories of non-binary gender that people identify as these days won't be helped by a slight rule change about binary bathrooms, whereas this would help them quite a bit more.
It's not a perfect solution, of course, because it only deals with a portion of the issue. But it's an easy to implement, non-controversial solution that would help pretty much everyone at least somewhat. And nobody is talking about it. I pitched the idea to a city councillor of my acquaintance who's highly involved with the LGBT community a couple years back, in the middle of this debate being big in his city at the time, and it was just a total non-starter. The reaction was more or less "Interesting idea, but women with penises exist, and we should let them use the women's bathroom"(and I think that may be verbatim).
I understand why people on the left tend to shy away from half-measures like this - it feels like you're abandoning the rest of the problem, and there are issues of anchoring to contend with(i.e., "We just gave you what you wanted, why are you still whining?"). But I'm stunned that the right hasn't picked this up as a counter-proposal. It gives you progressiveness points, it doesn't offend the religious crowd, and it could well deflate the entire issue if it was done properly. In some parts of the world fighting the culture wars to win may be a vote-winner for the right in the short term, but it seems like something like this is a much better plan overall. I feel like I'm missing something here, because I do not understand this.