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2009

Law and Society

University at Buffalo School of Law

Regulation and inspection of commercial washrooms

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Loo Law: The Public Washroom As A Hyper-Regulated Space, Irus Braverman Jan 2009

Loo Law: The Public Washroom As A Hyper-Regulated Space, Irus Braverman

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The article suggests that the public washroom is the most regulated of all public spaces, at least in the United States. It offers several possible explanations for this hyper-juridical attention. First and foremost, the article argues, such hyper-regulation of the public washroom has to do with the sanitary and moral significance of this space. Secondly, the intensity of washroom regulation is due to its ambiguous public/private properties. Finally, the intense regulation of the public washroom is the result of physio-anatomical functions performed in it. Utilizing the State of New York as a lens through which to observe the various issues …