Not that long ago in American history, and especially in the conservative South, women were expected to have long hair, wear makeup, and dress with a skirt or dress. I remember as a small child hearing a man say that zippers were invented for a man’s anatomy; therefore, a woman shouldn’t wear pants. When I was in the high school chorus, the boys wore a tuxedo and the girls wore a dress. Boys were told to have a clean shave on their face, and girls were told to have a clean shave on their legs. We were expected to fit the look society ascribed to our gender.
With all the news, laws, and conversations going on in our country about bathrooms, I’m appalled that one of the greatest bathroom tragedies has been occurring for so long that no one even notices it.