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Monday, June 18, 2012

Pee Plea

The party of the Left Party in the Sörmland County Council in central Sweden are making the case that males should sit, rather than stand, while urinating. 

One reason has to do with hygiene and a desire to ensure that no one who uses the toilets at the county council's offices will be required to walk through puddles or residue left by stray urine which happens to splash out of the bowl and onto the floor when male employees pee standing up.

The Left Party also cites medical research it claims shows that men empty their bladders more efficiently when they are seated.

The improved bladder evacuation not only reduces the risk for prostate problems, according to the party, but also helps men who sit rather than stand achieve a longer and healthier sex life, the local Folket newspaper reported.

The party is pushing for “genderless” toilets, i.e. sit down only, but also proposes labeling some toilets for men who insist on standing while urinating.  A party spokesman belittled the notion that the proposal represented political meddling in the bathroom.  "That's not what we're doing. We want to give men the option of going into a clean toilet.”

Hans Bernard; Wikipedia file
A party in Sweden agree
That men should sit while they pee
Although you may quibble
It will cut down on dribble
There’ll be less pee on thee and on me.

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