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This post comes from the OnSugar blog Life Forward.

Ever foregone that extra glass of water because you didn't want to be at the mercy of public bathrooms, and their infamous lines? We've all done the dance, crossed our legs, covertly tried to see if there were feet under the stall doors, and at least once in our adult lives, braved the men's room, which almost never has a line. I did it after an eight-hour transatlantic flight several years ago, and, after congratulating myself on making it to the bathroom without incident, was more than a little peeved to see that in addition to the two stalls that the women's bathroom had, the men's bathroom also had two urinals. That's the case in bathrooms everywhere, from airports to office buildings.

To find out what lawmakers are doing about it,


Federal buildings, under the care of the General Service Administration, have been built to include equal facilities for men and women since the 1980s but most federal buildings predate the 1980s. The GSA claims to not have had complaints about in-equal restrooms, but who among us has ever filed an official complaint over what generally is considered both trivial and impolite to discuss?  Many someones must have, because a new bill before Congress seeks to require equal facilities for men and women throughout all federal buildings

Is it crazy to propose to spend what will surely equal millions of dollars on renovating bathrooms to include more toilets? I'm sure there are dozens of bloggers and newspaper columnists drooling over the clever quips and quotes that can be used to deride this use of tax dollars. 

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jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Why is this law only applying to federal buildings? I know in my office there was really never a line, even with only 2 stalls. I assume most of these buildings are not public. I don't really see this as a good way to spend tax money.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
The thing that sucks about the saving time thing in regard to the existence of urinals, mix tape, is that women don't have an option when all they need to do is pee and someone is holding up the stall while she takes a dump. I don't care if urinals are around, but I wish there was just an equal number of toilets between the guys and gals bathrooms. Although, on one hand, this does seem like such an insanely silly conversation haha. I agree with you about women going into the bathroom in pairs or groups. When it's a single-toilet restroom at a bar or club, drunk women seem to love to go in and pee together. Soooo annoying. Half the time they just sit in there talking loudly and laughing and stumbling about rather than hurrying the hell up so the rest of the women waiting can use it. And I don't know why women are so disgusting either. Men's bathrooms are usually a lot cleaner.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
It's amazing how strong people's feelings are on this - I would love to know how many men forgo the urinals for stalls! For more on women, the wage gender gap, and body image, please check out Life: Forward (
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Seriously, an old job I had working at the cinema dealt with bathroom cleaning, and in the beginning, I refused to believe that the women's bathrooms could be THAT bad...I was proved SO, so wrong. Women are DISGUSTING. I was in the middle of my duties and watched a women leave a stall and NOT WASH HER HANDS. I've walked in to bathrooms covered with toilet paper and dirty seats. Women, please clean up your act. On another note, I do think it's weird that men have 50% more toilet facilities in most public areas. My cinema, however had TONS of female toilets. Also, I wouldn't mind co-ed bathrooms.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
I think urinals exist to save time (not waiting for a stall when someone is taking a shit and you just want to pee) and also to save water (I think they require a lot less to "flush" than a toilet). I have used men's restrooms, but only when I was too drunk to wait in line at a concert or bar for the women's. I think if women just went to the bathroom ALONE the line would be cut in half most of the time! My work has a one stall co-ed bathroom and it's alright. Are bathrooms really THAT big of battle... really?
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
The women's room is always disgusting! I don't get it. Most of us were taught from a young age that you can catch all kinds of diseases from a public restroom toilet seat. So we're taught to hover and what? Piss all over the seat and floor? If everyone just sat down on the darn seat and peed the entire stall would be much more sanitary. This topic makes me crazy!! I recently went into a mens room at a bar because I couldn't wait for the lady's room which only served one lady at a time. I was amazed that the men's room had 2 urinals and a separate toilet in a stall! I fully support equal facilities for both sexes. I don't like co-ed bathrooms. I have been in one establishment that had them and I made my boy friend come in with me. I didn't feel comfortable going in alone.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Hahahaha... most ladies rooms don't have sofas, David. Usually the only time I see sofas in the ladies room is at older casinos (I live in Nevada). But the fondue fountains are just too convenient to let go ;) I agree with inlove23, I don't like the idea of unisex bathrooms either. The line to the ladies room is often freaking ridiculous in some buildings, so I wouldn't mind legislation for equal numbers of toilets haha However (this is kind of an off-note), I have had conversations with men about the pointlessness of urinals. A lot of them think it's weird that they need a different contraption to piss in when a normal toilet works just fine. I have also heard some men talk about the awkwardness that sometimes occurs at the urinal, especially if it's a crowded bathroom. I know of a number of men that opt to use the toilet stall because they find urinals sometimes awkward. I don't know how I get myself in conversations about urinals, but there ya go.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I don't like the idea of unisex restrooms. I wouldn't feel comfortable at all. Also, another david that's a lie. Sorry to rain on your parade but most don't have sofas. Haha, nice try with the foundue fountains. lol. =)
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Good call David - perhaps you should write in to Congress with that suggestion? ;-) Part of me think we should just eliminate urinals and have unisex restrooms altogether. Thoughts?
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