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Why the Long Line at Women's Restrooms?

Why the Long Line at Women's Restrooms?

Have you noticed that the lines for women's public bathrooms are always longer than men's? Is it because we check our hair and makeup? Is it the sitting down thing? Or maybe it's because we actually WASH our hands when we're done? Sorry guys, I am just trying to figure this out.

Those may seem like fairly reasonable explanations, but the truth is, women's bladders are physically smaller than men's. Nothing exotic in the reason, but size does matter. Smaller bladders fill up more quickly, so we have to empty them more often than men do.

Well, with all that said, it looks like women's restrooms need to have more toilets to solve the ever-annoying problem of waiting in long lines.

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lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 10 years
lol nice suzanne
suzanne suzanne 10 years
One time (at band camp :ROTFL:) in France, the ladies room line was so long that they let us into the men's room for a while and made the guys wait... so in I went, and closed the door ot my stall. I did not know that they had started letting the guys back in, while I was in still there. When I came out of my stall I was faced with a wall of peeing men!!! I just exited as fast as I could - no handwashing, no mirror check, no nothing but a very red face :OOPS: Vive la France!!
serena serena 10 years
^^ I've snuck into the men's rooms, too! I never knew that women's bladders were really smaller - it all makes sense now!
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
The lines are longer at women's restrooms for several reasons: 1. Men's rooms have urinals AND stalls. In a bathroom with 3 urinals and 3 stalls, that's 6 facilities to use to pee, as opposed to a women's room with just 3 stalls. Most older facilities have and equal amount of stalls in both rooms, while newer places will design women's restrooms with 3-4x more stalls than men's rooms. 2. Most men, if they just pee, don't wash their hands because (in their minds) their hands don't get dirty. 3. Men just unzip and stand, we have to unzip/pull up, pull down, put down a liner(or two) sit, squat, sometimes change things, pull up, wash, fix hair and apply makeup. It's just a longer process. What I have notices tho' is that when I attend a conference that's majority women, they will convert the men's room in to a women's room by covering up with urinals. The increased number for stalls helps keep the lines short. Personally --and I know some of you are going to judge this-- but if the women's line is way to too long and I REALLY have to go, I'll head into the men's room. The guy's at the urinals have their backs to you so nothing is exposed, and the stalls (usually) have doors. I just make a bee-line for a stall, say excuse me, and handle my business.
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
They stand up and they don't wash! ha
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
That and they just have to unzip and whip it out. We have to actually remove clothing in order to pee.
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
Thanks guys! I do love telling the story..especially how I literally ran into him by accident afterwards while I was actually looking for him...but I don't smile everytime when I still have to stand in a potty line. We've been together for 7 years now. These days I just want to hurry up and pee! :rotfl:
LadeeVolFan LadeeVolFan 10 years
I totally agree that women just take longer to pee. I'm a speed-peer, in and out, don't make a production of it. It annoys me to wait in line and have women take 3+ min in a stall to pee. What on earth takes that long??! :-P Personally - I advocate the one period every three months pill. It's fabulous!
minnie minnie 10 years
the sitting thing definately leads to the longer time
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I think its also because guys take less time standing at a urinal while women have to enter the stall, lock it, take off their pants, etc. When you do the math, it just takes longer for women to use the restroom. Plus, if you have young children out with you, women are usually the ones to take them into the bathroom with them.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Radarkitty- too funny! Speed-pee ladies, speed-pee....
krisua krisua 10 years
:ROTFL: Finally some explanation!
nikkih nikkih 10 years
That is a nice story...I bet it makes you smile every time you wait in line now!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Radarkitty- I have never heard any romantic story associated with restroom lines - that is the best. I bet you love telling that story when people ask you how you met your husband.
smarler smarler 10 years
Finally, scientific proof that there is a good reason why I pee more than my fiance. Radarkitty, that's a great story!
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
I met my husband while standing in a long line for the restroom. I stood there and watched him just waltz into the mens, and then 2 minutes later, as I was in the same exact spot in line, he waltzed back out. The lines are annoying but hey, mine brought love! :rotfl:
SU3 SU3 10 years
Intersting post and I definitely agree with all the above!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Yeah...periods, smaller bladders, the fact that they only have to unzip their pants and go into a bucket...and I'm pretty sure the hand washing is still a pretty big factor with lots of guys.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I totally agree with both of you.
mabess mabess 10 years
and guys can easily go outside if necessary. i'm so jealous.
ktjones ktjones 10 years
that and we also have our periods to deal with!
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