Years ago, a close friend of mine tried to shame me for peeing in the shower. Apparently my tinkling habits were a barbaric way of life and I should simply use the toilet before I step in the shower. So it's good to know that I'm somewhat vindicated by the recent "Go with the Flow" campaign at the University of East Anglia, where students are being encouraged to go number one while washing up.
The shower-cum-loo initiative is the work of two of the university's students, Debs Torr and Chris Dobson.
Mr Dobson said: "We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact. With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over. Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits."
So basically I'm a Planeteer.
Saving the planet is a cool bonus, but this is just a matter of efficiency. The scenario that warrants a good shower whiz is simple: You step in the shower. You feel like you have to pee. Getting out of the shower doesn't make logistical sense. There's a drain there, so you use it. I'm also not against premeditated shower peeing. I've tried peeing beforehand as a habit, but efficiency always wins out.
Is this unhygienic, you're wondering?
"As long as the water is flowing there is no hygiene risk as urine is sterile but we would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don't take part," Dobson told the BBC.
I'm no scientist, but I haven't died from it yet so I think I'm fine. Do what you want, but this is what it means to take a shower: to get all the dirt off of you. Dirt is literally being washed off of your body and into the drain. Look, it just washed over your feet. You walked around the dirty floors in your house with your bare feet and hopped in the shower.
Pee is nothing. You know why? You're in the shower. Soap is right there. You're gonna do this again tomorrow because this is a first world country. Men do it, and women do it. Children, too. And there've been plenty of polls about your preference. This is another case where the idea of shower peeing is more gross than the logic behind it.
Out of respect, the one thing I won't do now is pee in the shower of a friend or person whose house I'm staying over. Can't say I haven't done it before though. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It becomes more of an issue when there's more than one person using the shower in the home (I live alone), but even then I'm not freaked out by someone else's potential piss. The suds will do their job.
I rest my case.
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