The Stage, which covers all theattrical exercise within the UK, has taken down its studies on the brand new services on the Outdated Vic Theatre, the place archaic divisions of women and men had been to have been abolished.
Right here’s what the paper now says:
UPDATE: Sarah Ditum has republished one of many offending articles right here.
This text appeared briefly on the Stage earlier than reactions to it satisfied them to unpublish each this, and the article it was responding to. The options editor initially approached me, and in addition to writing the column I made myself obtainable for any edits (which weren’t required), regardless of the £50 payment being effectively beneath my normal price – I contemplate the difficulty of girls’s entry to public bathrooms essential sufficient to take a success on the payment. Sadly, the Stage didn’t contemplate it essential sufficient to help the work it commissioned, nor did they contemplate it essential to notify me earlier than unpublishing. You may learn it right here and resolve for your self whether or not it’s an obnoxious sufficient piece of writing to deserve that therapy. …
For women and men to have equal wait occasions for bathrooms, rule of thumb is that girls ought to have entry to twice as many bathrooms as males. However few public bathrooms put that precept into follow, and the disparity isn’t extra infuriating for ladies than when trapped within the queue on the theatre with the bell summoning you to your seat. So when the Outdated Vic launched a fundraiser to double provision for ladies, quite a lot of feminine theatregoers had been very eager to provide it their help.
However now the Outdated Vic has accomplished the refurbishment, it’s clear that one thing has gone very mistaken. Sure, there are extra bathrooms, with 44 the place there have been as soon as 22 – however no more bathrooms for ladies. As an alternative, there are 26 bathrooms and 18 urinals, and all bathrooms have been turned “gender impartial”….