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Segregation

One of my more casually controversial views is that single-sex toilets are a ridiculous folly. To me, having men’s and women’s toilets in an office¬†environment is every bit as ludicrous as it would be to¬†have segregated loos on a plane, in a train, at home, or in a hotel room. My ideal world would have mixed, unisex cubicles, with some nearby (screened off) urinals. This would be less wasteful of floorspace and resources, while allowing higher toilet throughput. However, I have resigned myself to the fact that, outside Ally McBeal, nobody seems to care. Not so Marissa, who has written this long piece on the gender implications of toilet signs. Her post is funny and interesting, but I can’t help but wonder: if she had to create signs for single-sex toilet doors, what would they say?

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A guide for Gringos

American-born Colin is a seasoned gringo who blogs of his new life in Latin America at Expat Chronicles. He’d just written a PDF guide for gringos. The guide is no Lonely Planet: focusing on drugs, sex, love and violence, it’s by turns lurid and sordid, with many detailed descriptions of sex and violence. For this reason, it comes across as honest, and, frankly, captivating; mixing the ethics of stabbing prisonmates with theories of Latina love-psychology. I would not, however, consider it workplace or family reading.

Incidentally, Google Reader ‘found’ this for me – suggesting that I might like it. If its recommendations for what I might enjoy reading continue to be so accurate, I may no longer need to use Tyler Cowen as my human information filter.

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