Important If True 4: A Thousand Dormant Machines in Important If True Episodes Posted March 16, 2017 15 hours ago, Urthman said: When my daughter was 4-years-old, I had to take her to the bathroom on an airplane. When we got in there, she protested, "This is the boys' room!" and pointed to a diagram showing a stick-figure person putting trash in the right place. Because, of course, the symbol for "person" is the same as the symbol for "boy" on the boys' room. That may have been the day I became a feminist. Or at least convinced that inclusive language matters. Yeah, I definitely thought about that too. That the symbol for "male" and "human" are symbolically synonymous which implicitly differentiates "human" from "female". It's at least a little fucked up. 11 hours ago, Jake said: Sure, at one point the sign said "restroom" and had the picture of "man" or "woman," but increasingly the word restroom or toilet has been stylized away and only the icon remains. That's what Chris was amused by I think - that bathroom signage has evolved to the point that an otherwise unadorned picture of a person on a door unquestionably means "you pee or poop in this room" to millions of people. Right. That's fair. Now we just have to be wary about further mental coupling of the stick figure symbol with restroom functions, lest the "wet floor" signs become a self fulfilling prophecy.