Welcome to safe2pee.org. We’re taking web innovations and applying them to a very real problem facing many in our society — harassment, violence and discrimination in public restrooms.
The goal of the project is to create a resource where people who do not feel comfortable with traditional public restrooms can find safe alternatives, and to support advocacy and research to further the cause of gender free, inclusive bathrooms. The service aims to be accessible from a variety of mediums (computer, cell phone browser, maybe even a call-in number?).
This probably will seem a stretch for Friday, when I usually post something having to do with writing or language, but I like this mash-up so much to make it a special exception. I not at all sure how to write about this, it’s both strange and wonderfully progressive simultaneously. It’s good writing, too; they get the tone just right, which is pretty rare in many leftist circles.
I guess it is only strange if you have never had this problem, or never thought of it. Come to think of it, I did have this problem back in the 70s and early 80s when I had long hair. “This project was put together by and is often maintained by a genderqueer hackers collective,” the website says, “with a sense of humor and some anarchist tendencies.” Exactly.
I found the site by reading Annalee Newitz’s article, “Peeing By Design,” on AlterNet. Her blog is Techsploitation. Lots of good writing over there too.
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