Big Brother Is Watching You Pee

Laurie and Debbie say:

Before we dive into Wednesday’s Carnival of Feminists (watch for it here!), and tomorrow’s radio show, we thought we’d share the news from Norway.

Honestly, this one is more funny than anything else. The article doesn’t give the age of the children involved, but basically the argument is that enough boys are aiming badly that the toilet seats are sticky, and the school has ruled that boys must sit down to pee.

This has become a cause celebre in Norway. Right-wing politician Vidar Kleppe says, “‘When boys are not allowed to pee in the natural way, the way boys have done for generations, it is meddling with God’s work.” Wrong. If God had meant boys to pee only standing up, first of all She wouldn’t have made it possible for them to pee sitting down, and secondly She would have provided urinals in all homes and schools.

No one, however, seems to be asking the bigger question: who is enforcing this rule. Are there cameras in the stalls? Is someone watching little boys’ feet to see which way they are pointed? If a boy leaves the bathroom and the toilet is clean, is that sufficient evidence that he obeyed the rule? If there are cameras, are they XY-chromosome activated, or are the little girls also being watched? Who cleans the toilets (men, women, both)? And how are intersexual children supposed to pee?

We do agree with Melissa, whose post we linked to above, that there’s a nasty hidden sexism in conflating sitting down to pee with being effeminate … if we can stop giggling long enough.

Thanks to Ampersand for the pointer.

gender, boys, school, bathroom, masculinity, feminism, sexism, pee, Body Impolitic