A place of camaraderie and bonding

The Independent tells us that women just love women’s toilets.

We do?????

I must not be a woman then; I don’t love any public toilets, because they’re, you know, public toilets. It’s not exactly a luxury environment, nor is it a breezy bright day in the mountains. It’s a public toilet.

Public spaces where women feel entirely safe can be few and far between: a 2019 report by the Trades Union Congress found one in two women have been sexually harassed at work. Survey data from reviews site FitRated found 71 per cent of women have had an uncomfortable interaction at the gym, and a YouGov survey last year found that 55 per cent of women in London have been a victim of some form of sexual behaviour by a stranger on public transport.

But! But! There is one saving grace.

Enter the women’s bathroom, a place of camaraderie and bonding.

A place of what?

That’s where women have to go to find safety and camaraderie? That’s pathetic.

Whether it’s at the giant loos in Wetherspoons (and those central fountain-style sinks), the toilets at crowded train stations or at your favourite club, complete with a friendly attendant who has lollipops, hair grips and hairspray on hand, the feeling of the ladies bathrooms is unmatched.

Oh yes the toilets at crowded train stations are divine, if you can even find any.

A night out at a club has many highlights; there’s getting ready with friends, pre-drinking in the taxi, the strangers you meet in the smoking area, but there’s nothing quite like the girls you meet in the bathroom. “Those interactions with kind strangers are something that a lot of people, including myself, have been missing since Covid,” Bella says.

Ah well, there’s my problem, I’m not acquainted with this “night out at a club” phenomenon, and don’t want to be. It sounds repulsive. And it kind of has to be repulsive, doesn’t it, if the highlight is hanging out in the toilets?

For Joss Prior, 45, these girls provided a sense of safety on her first Pride since she transitioned to living as a trans woman.

But you were just saying the toilets were the one safe place for women. Joss Prior, 45, is a man.

Never mind, I have to go get dressed up to hang out in the sewer. You wouldn’t believe how much fun we have down there.

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