Letters: Americans are too uptight about bodily functions

A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama’s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district’s 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

I can’t believe all the furor going on concerning same-sex bathrooms. In 1951, on my first trip up the Eiffel Tower, I needed to use the facilities, and a guard pointed to a large men’s/women’s room, mostly open, with only a 2-foot-high wall separating the men’s and women’s sections.

Looking around with some disbelief, I asked how this could be, and the answer came from a jaunty French lady who laughed at me and exclaimed, “Oh, you Americans are all so uptight about bodily functions.”

I think it’s time we toned down the rhetoric. Nobody is going to be harmed by a transgender person having to use the toilet.