The ladies at Princeton need a code to get into their dorm bathrooms. Aside from being an inconvenience to intoxicated students, the codes are archaic and insulting, says Princetonian columnist Luke Massa.

    Installed in the ’70s to protect female students from nonstudents who might have entered the building, the codes’ original purpose is moot, since all dorms now have security systems. Massa says the locked doors now create a sense of distrust in the dorms.

    The codes, Massa argues make women feel unsafe in their own living quarters and remind men of the threat they pose to smaller women.

    Feed the Feed: Should restrooms in coed living and working spaces be locked?

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