The Manhattan city council has had some unusual debates in its time. But the latest controversy has caught the eye of even the most jaded New Yorker. It concerns something called the "Restroom Equity Bill (search)," known in its less sanitized version as “potty parity.”

The purpose of the bill is to create more bathrooms for women. The problem, to put it as delicately as the Associated Press did when describing the debate, is that women can’t zip in and out of bathrooms as quickly as men can, thus causing huge lines at public restrooms.

John F. Banzhaf III, a law professor who’s spearheading the measure, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that women are standing up for their rights "even if they can't stand up while exercising those rights."

Other states and cities already have potty parity laws in place. The ratio is about two women's restrooms to one men's room. Most of the time they merely renovate men’s rooms into lady’s rooms rather than build more bathrooms.

Not surprisingly, the measure breaks down along sexual lines, with men generally opposing the measure and women supporting it. We promise to provide you with an FNC potty parity poll shortly.

And That’s the Asman Observer!


 

David Asman joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 1997 and currently serves as host of "Forbes on FOX," a weekend half-hour program that offers an informative look at the business week (Saturday from 11:00-11:30 AM/ET). Asman is also an anchor on FOX Business Network, where he co-hosts "After the Bell" (4-5 PM/ET) with anchor Melissa Francis.