For clarification I was being ironic in my previous post >__>. I do not feel oppressed by men, etc.The women's room is not that flashy and could do with a bit of a re-vamp, and out of curiosity, do you feel oppressed by men in other places? If so, is it because of the way they behave/act or just because of their presence?
A lot of the people who are responding to this question are either supremely stupid, or ignorant, or both.
Yes, the women's room at MQ started up about two decades ago, and it was designed as a safe space for women to go to- for breastfeeding, for women with kids, for women to get contraception if need be etc.
In the past I have been one of the people running the women's room stall at o-week, and some of the questions people come up and ask are really quite stupid. One girl said it was "sexist" that there wasn't a "men's room". I asked her what men would do in it, and she looked at me blankly.
I am involved with the women's room, so I actually know that women DO bring their kids in there, DO breastfeed, DO use the space efficiently. And I know this because women have come and TOLD ME that they do.
As far as I know there is no other place on campus that has toys, soft couches, kids books etc. that are necessary for students who are also mothers and need a place to relax.
One of the major issues at the moment is that some girls think the room is just a place to sleep, and therefore make it hard for other women to conduct study groups and bring their kids in for a play.
I would say more but some of the responses on this thread are really *annoying* me so I'll leave it at that, hey?
Jannt I was certainly not annoyed by your comment, it was the other comments making fun of the room ( from people who had either not been in there, or who just didn't get why it is there) that I was responding too.Nothing wrong with feeling annoyed sometimes. However I am quite happy to state that my opinion was a serious one.
As a female student, in my forties, with 3 children I am of the opinion that a "womens room" is an outdated concept and would be better replaced with a "parents room". In my family it is not assumed that parenting is a solely female responsibility, and when my husband was in charge of the kids he as taking his rightful turn and was not "babysitting" for me. I think that men in this position should have equal access to facilities aimed at parents with small children.
It might be worth considering that the general amusement shown towards this concept, in this thread may go someway towards proving that in our modern society this is considered "quaint"?
Regards, and happy to see some debate and "life" here.
The room came about as a response to a society where women were discriminated against, and such actions as breast feeding, or other hygiene concepts could not be performed in public view without negative connotations.Okay, so it may have been invented for women who had to take care of their babies etc..., but still, isn't it kind of sexist, and discriminating against men?
Try it! REALLY - I wonder whether they would notice and if they did would they be bound by politeness not to tell you off (commonly conditioned into women to be "polite" and that being "assertive" = bitch = bad = unfeminine = you will end up an old spinster whilst all other women live happy fulfilling family lives...)i was so tired at uni on tuesday.
i have a 5 hour break.
i was this close to going to try and sleep in the womens room.
i mean once i was in bed with all the hair on my face they wouldnt know i was a guy.
i would but im guessing people are at the door.Try it! REALLY - I wonder whether they would notice and if they did would they be bound by politeness not to tell you off (commonly conditioned into women to be "polite" and that being "assertive" = bitch = bad = unfeminine = you will end up an old spinster whilst all other women live happy fulfilling family lives...)