Young girls are afraid at schools.
It turns out gender-neutral toilets have left the girls feeling unsafe and now, their health is at risk as a result.
Young girls who are menstruating are so anxious and scared over sharing bathroom facilities with boys that some are staying at home while they’re on their periods, for fear of being shamed.
As a growing number of primary and secondary schools start installing unisex toilets, many girls are risking infections by refusing to use the bathroom all day.
Others are so afraid, that they have actually stopped drinking liquids at school.
October 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The backlash is continuing against the gender-neutral bathrooms transgender activists are demanding. Earlier this month, I noted a story in this month’s edition of The Atlantic, written by a parent who discussed the chaos that resulted when the school decided to eliminate gender designations for student bathrooms — without consulting the parents. This parent — who is very much a liberal — described the profound discomfort of the students, some of whom simply refused to use the bathroom while at school and waited until the school day was over.
According to the Daily Mail, these policies are having a similar impact in the United Kingdom, where gender-neutral bathrooms “have left girls feeling unsafe and even put their health at risk,” according to both teachers and parents. In fact, they reported, the surge in primary and secondary schools implementing gender-neutral bathrooms has made girls “who are menstruating so anxious about sharing facilities with boys that some are staying at home for fear of being made to feel ‘period shame.’” Some are even “risking infections by refusing to urinate all day,” and others are coping by refusing to drink liquids while at school.
This has led to both doctors and politicians calling on schools who are making moves to switch to a gender-neutral bathroom system to stop implementation, with Dr. Tessa Katz saying that “holding in urine for prolonged periods on a regular basis could increase risk of girls suffering urinary and bladder infections.” With teachers and parents stating that girls are feeling “deeply uncomfortable or even unsafe sharing toilets with male students,” halting the shift to gender-neutral bathrooms is necessary “to prevent any further harm to female pupils.”
According to Katz, “the psychological effects of girls not feeling safe enough to use mixed-sex toilets is … concerning.” Parents are understandably outraged, especially as most were not informed of the change before their distraught children began coming home and telling them what was going on. The parents of students at Deanesfield Primary School in South Ruislip in West London, for example, have now launched a petition in response. One mother of four-year-old and eight-year-old daughters who attend the same school told the Mail that the new bathrooms had stalls that “were open at the bottom and top so older pupils can easily climb up the toilets and peer over.” [Lifesite]
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