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    The Long and Messy History of Public Bathrooms

    They’re flush with victory. With the federal government challenging bills that restrict the transgender community’s access to restrooms, it’s easy to forget that having gender-segregated public bathrooms wasn’t always “normal.” For more than a century, women have had to fight for bathrooms they could use in public spaces — congresswomen didn’t get their own WC until 2011 — and deep-seated cultural anxieties about restrooms have been codified into laws promoting gender and racial segregation. Now some architects are calling for multi-stall bathrooms that welcome all those in need of a pee.

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