In The Name Of All That Is Stupid, 'Rogers Place' Converted Some Of Their Women's Rooms To Men's Rooms For The Oilers' Playoff Run
GlobalNews- At Sunday’s Edmonton Oilers playoff game at Rogers Place, some female fans were surprised to find women’s bathrooms had been converted to men’s, causing their wait times to increase.
Earlier in the playoffs, male fans had complained about lengthy lines for washrooms during Oilers playoff games. But on Sunday night, Rogers Place did something different, flipping women’s bathrooms to men’s in an attempt to reduce wait times for male fans.
“For playoffs, what we’re seeing is we’re getting predominantly men in here – the more exciting the hockey gets, I think the less guys are willing to give up their tickets,” said Susan Darrington, general manager of Rogers Place. “So we’ve adjusted our plans and we flipped a restroom on our main and on our upper concourse to be more available for men.”
“We came across an extremely long lineup and found out that was actually the lineup for the women’s washroom. And we had to go, we had to wait,” Jacqueline Comer said. She estimated she got into a bathroom line on the upper level about two minutes into the intermission and spent about 25 minutes waiting to use the washroom.
Charlene Zacharuk encountered the same issue, “I go to the washroom that’s always the women’s washroom and it’s a men’s washroom. So we make our way three-quarters of the way around the building and the women’s washroom is 60 deep,” she explained. “There was no lineup at the men’s washroom that was previously the women’s washroom, so that made it even more frustrating.”
Have a goddamn day Susan Darrington! I thought we were about to see some crusty old white dude get dragged over the coals for making the experience of watching live hockey even more male-friendly, but nope! Upset of the century! It was actually a lady that made the final call to - metaphorically speaking, of course - pinch the urethras of thousands of woman at a professional sporting event.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with her decision (I don't), you really can't help but marvel at someone being so tone deaf that they managed to place themselves in the middle of a two front war against gender equality and bathroom regulations. This broad basically pissed all over the most important social issues in 2017, and she didn't even have to wait in line for an hour with a bunch of anxious, moody chicks to do so.
Just take a second to dissect that public statement that was apparently meant to extinguish the backlash. It basically implies that the convenience of males is more important because only people that pee upright up buy tickets to playoff hockey games. There might be a hint of truth to that - despite it being a wildly sexist generalization - but that doesn't mean it's not an uppercut to the bladder of the feminist movement. Come on Susie. I don't care how lopsided the numbers are, just listen to one Emma Watson interview for me before you go around actively detaining women from their precious bathroom time.
I mean, is there a bigger sign of a franchise having not been to the postseason in a decade? Men bitching so loudly about bathroom lines that 'Rogers Place' felt like a change needed to be made? Someone needs to have a chat with the upstanding urinators of the Oilers' fanbase and let them know that desperate times (i.e. Connor McDavid's first postseason) call for desperate measures (i.e. properly timed waste management). Obviously the dicks and beer bellies that need draining outnumber the females in attendance, but anyone that has every been out in public knows that even the line for the ladie's room at a 'He-Man Woman-Haters Club' meeting is 25-deep at all times. There's a reason the number of restrooms don't accurately correlate with the crowd, and it's because women inherently want to go to the bathroom once every 15 minutes and genetically need to go to the bathroom once every 30 minutes. Shame on one of their own for not recognizing that fact.