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  •  A friend of mine shared custody (1+ / 0-)
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    of his kids (boy and girl) with his ex-wife; before he started dating the woman who became his second wife, he'd ask me or other female friends to join them on weekend excursions so there's be someone to help his daughter in the women's restroom (she was still quite young, about 5 or so). Why is it that women can take their sons into the women's room with no problem, but a man taking his daughter into the men's room is looked at with suspicion?

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 02:56:35 PM PDT

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    •  because of the exposed men at the urinals (8+ / 0-)

      which many girls are not used to seeing. Also the risk of the girl being preyed upon.

      I've seen in a number of cases a man in this predicament just ask a nice-looking older woman to take the little girl into the women's room.

      And many places now have a "family restroom" that is suitable for whatever combination of parent and child, as well as for people who need assistance due to a medical or physical difficulty, from their spouse or companion of a different gender.

      •  Also because of the prevalent (and false) (4+ / 0-)

        assumption in our American culture that a man who spends time alone with an underage girl (even (perhaps especially) his own daughter) is up to no good.

        The last time the Republicans were this radical, they were working to elect former slaves to Congress. What a difference a century and a half makes!

        by jayjaybear on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:13:59 PM PDT

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