Law and Critique

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 271–288 | Cite as

Trans Subjectivity and the Spatial Monolingualism of Public Toilets

  • Caterina NirtaEmail author


The built environment and the organisation of public spaces reflect the normative notions of male and female. Public toilets, amongst other widely common public spaces, underline these two opposing concepts and challenge the presence of transgender. Within the boundaries of public toilets, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals become a crucial point of debate, scrutiny and controversy. Analysing the politics of such gender-segregated space, this article explores the notion of uniformity and challenges the idea of single-ness as the absolute expression of the self.


Toilets Transgender Space Social justice 


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  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK

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