The urinals women love to hate (even though they'll never use them)
Architects and contractors these days are realizing the importance of solving issues such as gender inequality in public bathrooms. Because anatomical differences mean it takes women longer to go, it has rightly been decided that more facilities should be provided for them in sports arenas, concert halls, and office. That's a good thing, and only a misogynist could disagree with such directives.
On the other hand, there's an element of modern radical feminism that goes overboard now and again in trying to dictate what bathroom facilities for men should look like, even though the women themselves will not be using them, and should not even be aware of what's going on inside them. I offer the following story from Austria as an example of such zealotry, coupled with a large dose of sociological foolishness: an Austrian businessman has bowed to political pressure by announcing the imminent removal of urinals shaped like a woman's mouth. The urinals had been publicly denounced by numerous politicians, including Monika Vana, the Austrian Green Party's spokeswoman for women's affairs, who described them as "sexist and inappropriate."
As a man who regularly uses urinals (and who even has one in his house), I'd like to seriously pose a couple of questions to all the females who frequent this site. Vana's words cause me to wonder: why should any woman care about a facility that they do not use and are not even supposed to see? These urinals are not located in the ladies' room. It would seem to me that the only way a woman could even know about these facilities would be to be told about them by a man who used them, or a janitor, or to sneak into that bathroom to get a peak. Who's out of control here? Is the implication on the part of Ms. Vana that a man using such a facility would as a result degrade women in his daily life? I find this a bit of a stretch -- although an element of the modern feminist movement seems to think that this sort of thing is proof positive that men are misogynistic bastards. I'm not buying it.
I personally think Ms. Vana needs to lighten up. But those who belong to the Green Party anywhere take just about everything quite seriously, often to the point of paranoia, and seem to lack even a spark of humor. I welcome the comments and opinions of my friends on PoopReport who are women.