How Come Women's Urinals Haven't Caught On?

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I am convinced that women could pee standing up, with the same accuracy as a man (which means, what, 90% accuracy?), if they practiced as often as men do.

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There, I said it.

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In any case, I'm not the only one and, in fact, in 1953 American Standard unveiled a urinal for women (via Vintage Ads).

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Close up.

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A commenter says she remembers seeing these in roadside rest areas for a time. But, obviously, they didn't catch on. I suspect that they were made with women in skirts in mind, and involved squatting more so than standing and leaning back. This set of instructions for an another women's urinal may or may not have applied to this one.

In any case, I like to imagine an alternative future in which women use urinals as easily and lightheartedly as men. It makes me appreciate the historical contingency of our everyday lives.

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Reminds me of the horizontal wall refrigerator.

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SweetCaroline12
SweetCaroline12

There's a bunch of people saying how much they hate hoverers and squatters in public restrooms. I hate that shit too, but I've never once met a woman who admitted to doing it herself, and I've also never met a woman who had no problem with finding pee all over her seat.

So my question is: where are all these mystery squatters?! Perhaps the company that makes those paper toilet seat covers has plants peeing all over seats in public toilets to drive sales? #Conspiracytheories