Just recently University College Dublin announced that they are planning to re-designate 170 toilets as gender neutral and construct new transgender changing facilities. Supposedly this move is part of a new university policy to provide a welcoming campus for transgender and ‘gender-fluid’ students and employees.
The first revelation here is that apparently bathrooms are considered welcoming now. What happened to the good ol’ days of yesteryear when bathrooms had one very simple purpose and didn’t get caught up in politics? It really says something about a society when it starts dragging toilets into politics, although mind you they’re probably more useful than much of our political scene.

Honestly, have we really nothing better to do in this nation? Perhaps it’s just that our ever so trustworthy intellectual elites have decided to focus on the big issues like gender-neutral bathrooms and forget about the minor irrelevancies such as the thousands of homeless on our streets or the housing crisis that once again rears its ugly head. Although that in itself is another article, or entire book perhaps.

The issue with mixed bathrooms is a minor one. We deal with them on trains, planes, or anywhere with limited space really. Certainly there are arguments for segregating bathrooms based on sex when space allows it, and I think most people are rather more comfortable that way. However, it is ultimately not a big issue and most people simply don’t care that much. One would hope the average person has a stimulating enough life that they don’t spend the slow evening hours in deep contemplation dwelling on how much oppression we might be causing by having bathrooms for the two real genders alone.

The problem with this issue is the pointlessness and wastefulness of this project. No doubt thousands, if not tens of thousands of euro will be spent re-designating bathrooms and building new ones along with these transgender changing rooms. For what exactly? Given that most people are either against it or more likely simply don’t care, then is it just to appease an absolutely minuscule percentage of the population? If one follows logic, and indeed the definition of the word, transgender people identify as the opposite gender of the one they were born into. Therefore they have a bathroom that suits them anyway as they reside perfectly within the scientifically correct two gender system.

So who are these bathrooms for exactly? Transgender people evidently don’t need them, so who does? The only answer I can find is maybe the so called ‘gender-fluid’ or ‘genderqueer’ population, a group so minuscule and so lacking in scientific evidence to support them. One wonders how many of them there actually are in UCD or any university in this country for that matter. Is it really worth spending these large sums of money to maybe make a statistically negligible group of people slightly more comfortable? How about spending that money on providing better services for all students – including the ones with unusual and exotic sounding invented identities?

This policy of appeasement is in truth not even directed at these unusually gendered people, realistically it can’t be, for they are few and far between. Instead all this seems like a wasteful form of virtue signalling and political expediency designed to make the university and Ireland as a whole look more modern and more ‘progressive’ in the permanently clouded eyes of our biased and domineering left-liberal media.

Wasting time and resources to push a political agenda is nothing new but it is still both immoral and dangerous. In a country with such myriad far-reaching problems we have to ask ourselves why on earth are we talking about bathrooms? Why are we spending money (including presumably some taxpayer money) on these ridiculous projects?

Most likely it is in order to keep the real issues out of the light, tucked away behind a canvas of expensive gender neutral bathrooms. After all it is far easier to slap a few signs on some toilets and claim you’ve helped the youngsters than it is to actually tackle the disgraceful rates of youth-suicide and mental illness in this country.

Naturally, to top it all off in wondrous fashion, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone noted that “our universities are drivers of change, promoters of equality and champions of justice.” However based on the nonsensical decision taken by UCD, I would argue that a more accurate description might be; ‘our universities are drivers of pointlessness, promoters of incompetence and champions of virtue signalling’ – or at least they would be if those titles weren’t already occupied by our own embarrassment of a government.

Posted by Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

Mícheál Ó Dubhir Conghaile is a long-time geopolitics and history enthusiast as well as occasional science-fiction and fantasy writer.