posted on Jun, 15 2012 @ 02:24 AM
Now, I have no problem, in principle with unisex bathrooms in locations where the conduct of everyone in the building can be assessed and assumed to
be exemplary. The offices of lawyers for instance, who have to have thier credentials and their criminal records examined before being offered any
kind of work.
However, before we even get to the sitting down issue, in a less controlled environment than the one I describe above, a unisex lavatory could be a
very dangerous place to be for a person who may become the target of workplace abuse, either physical or sexual.
And now, for the main event. If the lavatory is unisex, then that will not prevent a man standing to do his business. Nor is there any reason why it
ought to. One of the leading causes of untidy urination habits, is being too damned drunk to aim correctly when doing the deed. Another would be
recent, vigorous sexual intercourse, which can also ruin ones aim. Other than that, most fellows are capable of putting their waste liquids down the
drain without over much fuss, and furthermore, most are capable of cleaning up after themselves.
The only problems come when a chap is just too much of a lazy cretin to deal with any aftermath of his visit to the porcelain throne. With this in
mind, rather than forcing a person to sit, there ought to be a matter of law, relating to public decency, which could prosecute those who routinely
make a damp mess of the lav, and refuse to deal with it effectively.
The other thing is that unisex bathrooms, in my experience, still have locks on the doors, so what one does when in the privacy of ones very own
cubicle, is very much a matter for the individual, and no outside power can really have an awful lot to say about what happens when one is inside it,
other, of course than the person whose business is being conducted within.
The whole idea of making sitting down mandatory for men is awful for another reason. When a gentleman goes to the lavatory, he can merely walk in,
drop flies, and evacuate his bladder, with little fuss or ceremony (assuming no pre-existing complaint affecting his urinary activities). We use our
bathroom efficiency to great effect, spending significantly less time in the toilet than the ladies, when about this particular task. The only effect
that forcing fellows to go through the process of unfastening their belts, taking down their trousers, and peeing sitting down, will be that an awful
lot more time gets wasted.
In the case of those gentlemen of advanced years, who, despite being quite able to work may have gained the odd stiff joint, or dodgy back muscle or
what have you, these rules will force these fellows to sit, and then stand again. These moments are the most dangerous for those with re occurring
injuries and chronic muscle and joint pain.
Also, in the event that a gentleman is working very hard at his job, and keeps the midnight oil burning so to speak, he will normally be able to go
about his lavatorial business standing up, remaining on his feet, and thusly remain in a position to move whatever projects he may be involved in,
forward along the conveyor of progress. There is a very real possibility that in the case of very hard working gentlefolk, being forced to sit down to
pee may in fact cause them to fall asleep, or at least take much more time than they needed to do the deed, reducing thier efficiency as employees,
and the amount of time they spend bent to their tasks.
The idea is utterly without merit, and is not worth the time that has been spent on it by Swedish policy makers.