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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Europe set to ban men from urinating while standing

The local chapter of the Left Party, a socialist
and feminist political party, in Sormland
County Council, Sweden, is pushing to make
standing while peeing illegal for men using
the
county council's public restrooms.
Party officials are pushing to make public
restrooms
in the county council "sitting only."
Supporters of the proposal say sitting while
urinating
is more hygienic and promotes sanitary
restroom
habit for male users.
It will help to eliminate the problem of
puddles on
the floor and spray stains on toilet seats.
They also argue that urinating while sitting
will help
to promote male health because it allows
men to
empty their bladder more effectively.
Sitting while urinating according to advocates
will
reduce prostate problems among men.
As a compromise, the party has proposed
that some
toilets could, in the interim, be designated
exclusively for men who must remain
standing while
peeing.
The Left Party's Viggo Hansen, who made the
proposal, said that ultimately he wants office
toilets
in the council to be genderless and would thus
like to
see only "sit-down" toilets in county council
offices.
He said that the move should not be seen as
meddling in the bathroom habits of people.
He said: "That's not what we're doing. We
want to
give men the option of going into a clean
toilet." But
proposals across Europe to enforce "sitting
only"
regulation in public toilets have been
criticized.
Dr. John Gamel of Louisville University noted
that the
push to enact legislation banning men from
standing
while peeing in restrooms is spreading in
Europe
with feminists pushing similar legislation in
Germany, France and Holland.
"The liberated women of France and
Germany and
Holland have vowed to put their men down –
on the
toilet. They carry placards showing a huge
red X
scrawled across a man standing to urinate.
They shout: "Laissez tomber votre pantalon,
et
asseyez vous! (Drop your trousers and sit)!":
"Behalte deine Tropfen fuer dich (Keep your
drips to
yourself)!"; "Toch niet weer een vieze plas op
MIJN
badkamer vloer (Not another filthy puddle on
MY
bathroom floor)!"
Gamel argues that legislation cannot force
men to
adopt more supposedly sanitary habits while
peeing.
He told The Huffington Post that the spray
and
spatter during "shake off" will not be
prevented
because "no man will want to shake off"
while sitting
on the toilet to avoid sticking the hand inside
the
toilet.
Gamel writes: "...most of the stray "sprinkles"
that so
enrage European women occur not during the
act of
urination itself, but immediately afterward,
during a
ritual men learn as part of their potty
training. The
various maneuvers required to discharge the
urine
remaining in the urethra.
A man who tucks away his joystick without
performing
these maneuvers will dribble half an ounce of
urine
into his underwear, causing an embarrassing
stain in
the crotch of his trousers, or an even more
embarrassing streak down his trouser leg.
To avoid this debacle, every sentient male,
after
every urination, carefully squeezes or "milks"
his
member to assure that no stray drops remain
within
the urethra. "Unfortunately, some men pursue
this
goal with excessive vigor, indulging in what
can only
be described as "shaking off the last drop."
It is precisely these movements – and not the
free-
falling stream itself – that deposit most of the
unwanted urine on lavatory floors throughout
the
world."
"As a result, forcing men to sit while emptying
their
bladders will serve little purpose, since no
man wants
to shake himself off while remaining seated
on the
toilet."

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