Potty parity

New York's new legislation should revolutionize how long we have to wait in line to pee.

Published January 9, 2006 12:40PM (EST)

Sunday's New York Post reports that new New York state legislation regulating the ratio of male to female bathroom stalls will go into effect for the opening of the downtown outpost of Wolfgang's Steakhouse. The law, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed in June, requires two sit-down ladies commodes for every one sit-down male toilet in new public establishments, including bars, restaurants, theaters and stadiums. Wolfgang's is the first restaurant forced to comply with the regulation. The 200-seat red meat emporium will have four stalls in the ladies room, and two stalls plus three urinals in the men's room.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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