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Should Males Be Required to Pee Sitting Down?

From Townhall.com -- 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. 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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But I can think of another reason to ban urinals. They are a sexist waste of space and money. Because bathroom architects give extra places for guys to go, enabling them to pee while they stand up, guys are in and out, with little time wasted.

Employers think this helps productivity and as a result women get crude remarks made to them, like ''what took you so long?'' The only reason we girls take longer to go than guys is because we obviously have to displace more clothing and then also sit. Guys merely walk up to a urinal, unzip and whip it out.

I, however, have to walk into a stall, lock it, turn around, pull down my pants (or hold up my skirt), pull down my panties, sit down and then - finally - I can pee. Unequal restroom budgeting results in longer lines for women at concerts, ballgames, amusement parks. We therefore miss more of these events than men, despite having paid the same price for a ticket.

My answer to the average guy who is probably outraged at my support to ban urinals? You've probably never suffered the embarrassment of wetting your pants while waiting in a long bathroom line at a ballgame or crowded club, as I have, and then had to walk back to your seat, totally humiliated, with everyone smirking or outright laughing at you. - Becky Romero
full article from The Spectator
Should urinals be removed from all schools and public restrooms, forcing men and boys to pee sitting down?
Darn right! (I'm a woman)
I guess so (I'm a guy)
Not necessarily (I'm a woman)
Hell no! (I'm a guy)
What's the best reason for banning urinals?
Shows respect to cleaning women (lots of guys can't aim)
Would balance out budgets for restrooms equally
Will make men realize the pain of long bathroom lines
But won't school boys still be able to pee standing up into a toilet in a stall?
Not if low ceilings are placed above the toilet, so they have to sit
Not if girls monitor boys' restrooms, noting shoe direction
This poll was created on 2007-02-20 02:51:01 by BrashyBecky17