Published August 24, 2016
The upper secondary school Verzlunarskóli Íslands has, at the suggestion of the school’s Feminist Association, stopped marking their bathrooms for men and women and students. Instead, all bathrooms are simply marked “WC”.
Helena Björk Bjarkadóttir, chairman of the Feminist Association, said Indicator that the change was made to make life easier for students who are not sure what gender they are. It should be added that these bathrooms can also make it easier for those who do not recognize gender, those who are sexually fluid or simply those who do not want to worry about gender division when they want to use the toilet.
The idea was well received, both by the principal and the group of students.
“It has generally been very well received and has been highly respected,” Helena told reporters. “It simply came to our notice then.
The school is also not alone in adopting the idea. A genderless bath was also introduced in primary schools last January. Last March, the City of Reykjavík announced that they were exploring the idea of a sexless bathroom and changing room by the city’s swimming pools.