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Toilets, toilets, and toilets.
Hello, my name is Sarah, I’m 31 and I’ve just joined the forum. I have a variety of chronic health issues including fibromyalgia, arthritis and dissociative seizure disorder as well as depression and anxiety (it’s quite a list – I know). I’ve joined today in the hope that some of you may be interested in helping me with my dissertation project.
I am a third year anthropology student at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and I’m interested to know what people’s experiences are of using disabled toilets. As someone with so called invisible disabilities (they are not very invisible to me!) I struggle using disabled toilets at times for fear of being questioned about whether I should be using the space.
My dissertation is examining how bodies become judged by others when those bodies enter disabled spaces such as public toilets. I want to argue that societal attitudes about disabled bodies create contested spaces where people become questioned over their bodies not fitting with the ‘image’ of disability. It’s a topic I am very passionate about and I am getting lots of exciting feedback from the university as this seems to be something no one has written about before.
If anyone would be interested in telling me about their experiences, whether you are disabled, a parent, a carer; please feel free to reply to me. I will not use ANY information in this thread or anywhere else on the forum without your express permission – If anyone wants to chat about any issues they’ve faced when using disabled public toilets but not want to have their words used in my project; that is absolutely fine – I would like this to be a helpful project for everyone, it’s not just about my work.
I can also chat to people in private either via email or in person if you’re in the [removed by moderator]? I know it can get a bit personal talking about toilets and I don’t want to make anyone embarrassed or uncomfortable.
I’m happy to chat about toilets if you are Just call me the toilet lady!
Toilets Toilets Toilets! Tell me all your toilet stories
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