Over the past few months, having been obliged to overcome my distaste and use a gender-neutral toilet – the only kind available in one workplace – I notice three intriguing things.

1. The men are every bit as uncomfortable as the women sharing the facilities. Staff of both sexes keep checking the comings and goings and take the chance to dart into the loo whenever they think it’s empty. If a man and woman happen to bump into each other by the washbasins, there is an imperceptible Yikes!

2. Women don’t check their make-up in the mirror as we would in a Ladies. We can’t get out of there fast enough. Too embarrassing. It’s gone from being a refuge to an ordeal.

3. The stench. Male urine is smellier than the femal

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