Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Breaking News: Women may or may not care about correct peeing posture

So, my attention was drawn to this claim that "Young women in Sweden, Germany and Australia have a new cause: They want men to sit down while urinating".

Quite apart from the fact that the source for this assertion is nebulous at best (believe me, I tried to find information on the 'internet survey of Australian women' and came up with nothing) I'm mystified both that anyone cares one way or the other whether someone else does or does not stand to pee unless the someone in question is tasked with the cleaning-up of random spraylets, and the vehemence of the reactions to the news.

This guy jumps to the conclusion that "this is the latest attempt by liberal feminists to emasculate men. It would take a liberal feminist to be victimized by men urinating while standing."

Well, obviously. After all, asserting a right to restrict the private and personal actions of other people when those actions do not affect me, the asserter of said right, in any way at all is the textbook definition of the word 'liberal'. You can tell, because us liberals are the ones who discourage women from freely choosing how to spend their Saturday nights, agitate to stop women making decisions about their own health and bodily autonomy, prevent GBLT folk from deciding to legally formalise their own personal relationships or serve their country openly, prevent householders from decorating their own front doors and, for pete's sake, encourage people to stop eating soy. Damn interfering liberals.

(As an aside, I love how that rant ends: "You can remove the urinals from the men's room if that makes you feel better about yourself, but we're still standing.". Either he means that he's going to stand up to pee whilst in a private cubicle and no-one can stop him, dammit, just you try, or he means that he's going to walk into a urinal-less men's room and just, what, pee in a corner? And this is…a demonstration of his unstoppable masculinity?)

In my attempts to verify any of the sources named, I did find a Norwegian article from September last year in which the head of the Democrats Party splutters with outrage that a school requires small boys to sit down to pee in an attempt to ensure clean bathrooms. "It is a human right not to have to sit down like a girl," Kleppe said.

Does anyone need me to spell it out more clearly than that? Humans = non-girls. Girls = non-humans. The fact that it's almost solely women who clean the urine-bespattered bathrooms in question = totally irrelevant.

I mean, Jesus. There aren't real problems in the world to worry about?


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