Doubt me? Here's the proof!
Concern (apparently of a bipartisan nature) abounds on the Hill about the disparity of male to female access to toilets in federal buildings.
But this is no mere matter of counting commodes. Discerning the meaning of equality here requires the talents of a Solomon. According to the Washington Times
, Americans here display their endless debate about the meaning of equality in its full glory as they take up the ways in which it relates to the great toilet tribulation: "Some argued that it means equality of opportunity, as judged by the
number of stalls, while others said equality of outcome is the key,
which could be measured by the length of lines." So don't laugh. This is political philosophy at work.
Of course, an uninformed debate over the meaning of equality in American politics often degenerates into an argument for an equality of misery: "[T]he National Park Service's outdoor concert venue in Fairfax County, had
two men's and two women's restrooms, and men breezed through while
women waited in long lines. So one men's room was converted to a women's
room and now 'today everyone waits in line.'"
Still, if logic prevails (along with those lines) one must consider that at an outdoor venue there is a strong probability that the men's line will shorten itself with a return to nature--if you follow my meaning. I wonder what the equality police intend to do about that?