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Old December 15th, 2016, 01:09 PM   #1
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By Andrew Stiles | 4:04 pm, December 14, 2016

Bathroom politics swept the nation in 2016, thanks to the North Carolina legislature and its controversial HB-2 bill, which mandated individuals use public restrooms that correspond to the genders on their birth certificates.

The bathroom debate is likely to continue in the coming year. Students at the University of California-Berkeley, for example, will soon be able to enroll in a course examining “public restrooms and the politics of needing to go.”

The course, which is being offered by the university’s department of theater, dance, and performance studies, will force students to confront the public restroom as a “charged social site,” and consider compelling bathroom-related questions, including:

Who has access to it? Who cleans it? How have public restrooms segregated people into strict categories of gender, race, class and ability? What does it mean for a public space to be designed for private activities? Who are we socially when our bodies need to go?
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Thought man-pons were only reserved for Comedy Central sketches? Think again.

This month, the Columbia University Student Council voted to launch a pilot program to distribute free tampons across campus — even in the men’s restrooms. According to the Columbia Spectator, tampons and pads will be installed in female, male, and gender-neutral bathrooms in 10 academic buildings as well as in the school library.

The move comes after the Columbia administration ended a pilot program that gave students the ability to pick up free tampons and pads at Columbia Health Services. The administration’s pilot program was terminated due to a lack of student interest.

Columbia students have been calling for administrators to offer free tampons for the past year.

“Columbia should pay for my period,” declared Barnard-Columbia junior Courtney Couillard in an op-ed earlier this year.

In her article, Couillard wrote, “Why can’t I find a free tampon in the bathrooms in [on Barnard and Columbia’s campus]? Why does the administration care about my sexual protective rights, but not how I handle my monthly menstrual cycle?”

Two Columbia seniors, Sophie Gorham and Ellie Wisnicki, demanded free tampons as well.
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