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Urinals in Women’s Bathrooms

No, we aren’t talking about women who want to stand to go pee. We’re talking about urinals in women’s bathrooms that are carryovers from a time when men dominated society. I’m ashamed to admit I was not aware of this, but turns out that at many prominent educational institutions, there are urinals in the women’s bathrooms just because nobody can be bothered to remove them – I’m talking Stanford, Hardvard, Princeton.

How’s that for making women feel like second class citizens? When it comes to a place like Stanford (and I should know, I’ve been here since ’98), the argument that “we don’t have the money” just doesn’t hold water. More like “we don’t have the concern for women”.

Check out the article, the author and I see eye to eye on this one. (via Fark)

PS: We want pictures people!


1 Carol Olmert { 01.15.09 at 3:06 pm }

Female urinals are not new to western culture. Early attempts were made in Britain in the late 1920s and early 1930s to market a urinal for women that would allow them to urinate from a standing position, without the need to sit on a shared seat. They were introduced into the US from Europe in the early 1930s and were intended as a convenience for women who did not want their bodies coming into contact with dirty public toilet seats.

The next wave of female urinals was introduced in the early 1950s and installed in “heavy use” institutions, such as national park and zoo restrooms and university campuses. To see some photos, visit

Carol Olmert
Author, “Bathrooms Make Me Nervous”

2 Chrissy Earley { 04.30.13 at 10:25 am }

I have just received a 1950’s Kohler Female urinal and not sure what to do with it. Any suggestions?

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