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