Men sitting down to urinate?
young women in sweden, germany and australia have a new cause: they want men to sit down while urinating. this demand comes partly from concerns about hygiene -- avoiding the splash factor -- but, as jasper gerard reports in the english magazine the spectator, "more crucially because a man standing up to urinate is deemed to be triumphing in his masculinity, and by extension, degrading women." one argument is that if women can't do it, then men shouldn't either. another is that standing upright while relieving oneself is "a nasty macho gesture," suggestive of male violence. a feminist group at stockholm university is campaigning to ban all urinals from campus, and one swedish elementary school has already removed them. in australia, an internet survey shows that 17 percent of those polled think men ought to sit, while 70 percent believe they should be allowed to stand. some swedish women are pressuring their men to take a stand, so to speak. yola, a 25-year-old swedish trainee psychiatrist, says she dumps boyfriends who insist on standing. "what else can i do?," said her new boyfriend, ingvar, who sits.
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as the mother of 3 sons, i want them to put the seat up and stand up to pee. i don't care if the seat doesn't get put down, just don't leave the seat down to pee so i don't have to sit in it. forcing men to sit because it is degrading to women because women can't do it . . . . . . that is nuts. (i had to find a humorous subject after all the seriousness today).
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- 0Jan 5, '07 by jnette GuideQuote from Marie_LPNReally... of all the things that need attention.A campaign to ban urinals.
We have starving people in the world, and there are people who would rather spend their time campaigning to ban urinals. :stone
What a joke. :stone
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.
- 0Quote from earle58That would be messy . . . .this story is yet another painful reminder that my 8 yo, male german shepherd STILL has never lifted his leg to pee.
We keep those Clorox Wipes on the back of the toilet, just in case.
Really, why can't we all just get along?
- 0Jan 6, '07 by VivaLasViejas GuideI live in the Testosterone Universe, and all I can say is, I couldn't care less what position the men in my house employ in order to take care of that particular need, as long as I don't have to SIT in it or STEP in it.
Sheesh. Are there so few crises in the world that we have to create one??!
- 0Jan 6, '07 by bethinSheesh, I thought what you did in the bathroom was between you and God. What, are they going to hold guns to mens heads now so they don't pee standing up at a toilet.
There's a war that seems may never end going on, wars in Africa, major AIDS epidemic, and people are worried about men standing up to pee because it's masculine. I'm a bit of a feminist but I don't buy the line "if women can't do it, neither should men." That's like me saying to my mom as a teenager, "but, Carrie's parents are letting her do it." And do you routinely watch men pee standing up? No, unless we're working. I don't look at a man when he's standing to pee and think 'if I can't do it, neither should he'.
Women can stand to pee too, just have to make sure you take off your pants to do it.
Really, grow up.