Berkeley to offer course on the ‘politics of needing to go’
•Last Summer’s heated debate over North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” inspired the University of California, Berkeley to devote an entire course to the “politics of needing to go.”
•The four-credit course fulfills Berkeley’s “reading and composition” general education requirement, and is offered through the Theater Department, which also has a course on the “impending climate-related apocalypse.”
A course description for the four-credit class confirms that students will spend an entire semester discussing how “a public restroom is a charged social site,” addressing questions such as: “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? [and] Who are we socially when our bodies need to go?”
Students taking the course will apparently “hone academic research skills” by writing a “substantial research paper” on the topic, earning students who successfully complete the class four academic credits, or units, as Berkeley refers to them, towards their degrees.
YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP
IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY, OR WHAT?
IT IS A SAD COMMENTARY ON ONE’S LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MANY BATHROOM MEMES IN YOUR IMAGE LIBRARY