Friday, January 15, 2010

Off topic: Now they want us to kneel when we pee


A post on the Feminist Law Professors blog earlier this week touted this wonderful device that will force men and boys to kneel while urinating.  Blogger Bridget Crawford says: "The creative folks at the Japan Trend Shop (here) are marketing a new gadget to help … um …. quiet down the men in your life. There’s a choice between the wood (single-piece) model, or the polyurethane dual-part model." 

I don't know about you, but I find it curious that this product is featured on that particular blog which is, after all, is not known for its household hints.  And it's not known for touting handy products -- no one would mistake it for QVC.  It is a radical feminist blog that sees itself battling purported patriarchal oppression. 

I suspect they would tell us that male splashing while urinating is a problem that is usually left for women to clean up, so it's fair game to discuss it on their blog.  But it does sound dangerously close to that thoroughly inane "ban urinals" movement that made a very, very minor stir in Europe several years ago.  Men should sit when they pee because "a man standing up to urinate is deemed to be triumphing in his masculinity and, by extension, degrading women."  In case you've never heard about this, read about it here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3724/is_200004/ai_n8889753/