Gossett, Kelsy. 2016. Bathroom manifesto. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 53
On April 29, 2015 a pair of shoes representing a person of the opposite gender along with stories and explanatory posters were placed in bathroom stalls in over sixty restrooms on campus. Purpose: Raise awareness of the flaws of gendered restrooms. Create a dialog among masses and be easily reproducible. Methods: Installation of shoes, stories and posters finished by 8:00 a.m. Facebook page and email accompanied posters and served as potential engagement and database. Photos were taken throughout the day. E-mails to faculty encouraged class dialog. Results: Classroom discussions occurred. Encouraging notes handwritten by students found in restrooms. Most shoes disappeared by 5:00 p.m. KWCH ran a story and posted on Facebook. 135 comments appeared in support and opposition. Conclusion: Education and dialogue occurred not only at Wichita State University, but throughout the city. While WSU generally showed support, ultimately no changes have been made.
Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of New Media, College of Fine Arts and Department of Photo Media, College of Fine Arts