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Left Party wants men to pee sitting down

11 Jun 2012, 07:10

Published: 11 Jun 2012 07:10 GMT+02:00

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The Left Party in Sörmland is taking a stand to ensure men take a seat when emptying their bladders in the county council's own toilets.

According to the party, there are two very important reasons for the proposal encouraging men to sit instead of stand when they urinate.

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.

As a first step in its quest to get men to take a seat, the Left Party proposes labeling toilets which are designated for men who absolutely want to remain standing when they pee.

The Left Party's Viggo Hansen, a substitute member of the county council and the man responsible for the proposal, wants the office toilets to be genderless and as a result, is pushing for the "sit-down only" requirement.

He insisted, however, that the move doesn't represent political meddling in people's bathroom habits.

"That's not what we're doing. We want to give men the option of going into a clean toilet," he told Sveriges Television (SVT).

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08:34 June 11, 2012 by procrustes
;D My first reaction was...nawaaa, can they really be that ridiculous. I wonder how they plan to enforce their latest anti-male thrust? Isn't it interesting that Swedes believe problems can be solved by rules? Maybe they should do something useful and pass a law against cancer.

Ever notice how career-climbing Swedish women talk so far back in their throat that their voice cracks? I guess they think it makes them sound more like men, more serious. I have to smile at all of this, but the effect of the anti.male movement in Sweden is having devastating effects on young males. Maybe I need to re-read Huxley, although--at least here--I don't see too much "brave" in this new Swedish world vision.

Finally, this can't been from "the Left", rather by a bunch of ill-guided male-hating gender-ashamed "women".
08:46 June 11, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
As a man who sits down to urinate at home, I would be against being forced to do this in a public toilet. The reason for this is obvious: other men who have gone before me have already created such a mess, that it is totally disgusting to have to sit to pee in public toilets.

But this of course only illustrates the obvious. Think how disgusting it is for women to have to sit on a public toilet after many men have peed on the floor, the rim of the toilet, and the seat.

The answer is obvious. Instead of forcing men to sit to pee, just install urinals in all public toilets. I'm amazed that though gas stations in the U.S. typically have the choice of both urinal and toilet, the bathrooms in Sweden are usually only outfitted with a stool.
08:51 June 11, 2012 by fakeempire
Okay, so it is cleaner to sit on a toilet that everyone else has sat on with urine sometimes left on the seat dripping than to stand up and urinate into a urinal where I have to touch nothing? All you have to do is mop/wipe the floor and around the urinal. I already have to pay 5-10kr to go, why can't I do in comfort? People are paid to clean it up, it is where the money goes. What is the problem??
09:08 June 11, 2012 by rise
Horrid are those man-hating militant feminists! And apparently they can be really stupid as well.
09:23 June 11, 2012 by wolverine2k
The other rule following this one:

Man in Sörmland are now required to cut their dicks so that they can urinate while sitting on the seat!
09:24 June 11, 2012 by Pojken
What a bunch of misogynists. The proposal was made by a man, though I'm sure in your head you envision a crew cut lesbian with a pair of shears to castrate you.

What the proposal requests is quite reasonable. It asks men to consider sitting down. However, the Local makes sure to spin it as a sexual controversy.

It first tries to lay out the benefits of sitting down. Then offers a compromise - toilets labeled stand-only can be used for standing while the rest are for sitting.

I proposed a similar solution at the school I taught in because the boys that used the communal toilets couldn't care less. Having the school install urinal was not possible because of the costs. Compare renovation costs to that of a simple sign and policy change.

So, yes, you can let go of your balls or your spouse's balls. Sweden isn't out to get them.
09:48 June 11, 2012 by towns
@ Pojken

The correct term is misandry, the hatred of men, not misogyny.

This is probably the most pointless law ever. But then again, it's the exact type of thing you'd expect from the Left Party.
09:52 June 11, 2012 by fikatid
A friend of mine told me about this man-hating phenomena in Sweden. It appears to be true. I think the men-hating women has forced the men to propose such stupid rule, if indeed this rule is proposed by a real "man". I don't think of any real "man" would propose something as stupid as that. If women wants equality, why don't they have a rule to have women pee standing straight then? Why do men always have to do everything and change every rule for the women? If they want complete equality, women should be required to fight in combat during war time. They should be doing hard labor type of work like men as well. I'm in for gender equality but not this type of stupid outrageous ideas of gender equality.

Women want equality on everything but physically and emotionally, they are just very different from men.
09:57 June 11, 2012 by engagebrain
Additional attractions of urinals, for men, is that they use much less water and require little space.
10:04 June 11, 2012 by towns
Maybe Sweden can promote this as a tourist attraction (they were looking to attract more tourists anyway). "The Genderless Bathroom: Where Men Are Forced to Sit Down When They Pee."
10:27 June 11, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
@Pojken "Compare renovation costs to that of a simple sign and policy change."

Yes, a simple sign that costs 70 Kronor and results in 0 % compliance versus adding a urinal that costs thousands of kronor and results in more than 95 % compliance.

What's the point in having a sign if no one follows its directions? As I said before, I pee sitting down when at home with empathy for my wife, but in public, when fifty other men before me have peed on the seat, floor, walls, rim, and handle, I'm not sitting down.

Of course, one could add a bunch of cameras in the restrooms and catch the perpetrators who don't follow the sign. The cost of the cameras would probably equal that of adding a urinal, except with obvious privacy implications.
10:28 June 11, 2012 by skogsbo
urinals are just so efficient, less space, less water, less cleaning, cheaper to build, no queuing. Apart from the opinions of others there is nothing that can be said bad about them. Ever see guys queue for loos? Why do portaloos companies now have porta urinals?

Us guys like a clean cold seat for our leisurely poo, we don't want a warm seat in a shared toilet where you have to listen to woman cackle on about their make up.
10:51 June 11, 2012 by charubun pananon
Don't force men lie down to pee.
11:21 June 11, 2012 by orangetree
this reminds me an episode in Southpark

11:22 June 11, 2012 by robban70226
mmm There must be nothing else to do there....
11:29 June 11, 2012 by hackie
Very stupid proposal. What I know about the old swedish men is that they are vikings. But now, they have turned into chickens, all in the name of gender equality. Wake up you bloody chickens!!
11:53 June 11, 2012 by Lanthus Clark
People in Sweden are very bored. In other countries they are too busy dealing with real issues to make up nonsense like this.
12:11 June 11, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
Simply spring-load the toilet seats so that if one is not sitting on them, they raise up. Then, when a man stands there to pee, he will not hit the seat!! As for it is better for emptying the bladder -- balderdash!
12:37 June 11, 2012 by sergisr
Those ridiculous man-hating things are typical of newly minted social-democrat feminists.
12:59 June 11, 2012 by libertarianism
Some doctors/researchers advocate that "squatting" is the healthiest position for defecation, while "sitting" can contribute to colon cancer and other health problems.

By health reasoning then, the Left Party should advocate that ALL toilets (except handicap/reduced/altered ability facilities) be removed, and ALL people should instead squat over a hole in the floor.

13:05 June 11, 2012 by Samuel Nemalladinne
ridiculous at its peaks !
13:23 June 11, 2012 by Svensksmith
P1ss on that!
13:25 June 11, 2012 by Mpf
Improved bladder evacuation! What!!!!!?????

Why didn't they propose that women should pee standing up?

What a load of poo!
15:04 June 11, 2012 by libertarianism
As a side note but gender related, Katrineholm is paying

23 000 SEK for female-ONLY private swimming lessons. The women/girls refuse to learn to swim where men/boys are present, so they have demanded that tax payers pay for their private swimming lessons (?!?) in which men/boys are not allowed to participate or be near.

If public toilets aren't segregated, why are public pools?? Talk about entitlement and ZERO personal responsibility!
15:27 June 11, 2012 by muscle
so bieng naked is ok because you are born without clothes. But peeing standing is wrong even if you could pee in any way when you were born ? :)
16:14 June 11, 2012 by procrustes
How about a little sign:

Be like dad, not like sis,

Raise the lid before you p....
16:23 June 11, 2012 by millionmileman
To Quote General McAuliffe during the Battle of the Bulge, "NUTS!" Besides I have bad knees!
16:33 June 11, 2012 by Kr0n
I have an idea for Sörmland men. If this ridiculous thing gets to be law, you can always take a trip to Arlanda Airport. As of today, there are normal urinals and small urinals (for kid-boys). I guess they started in Sörmland because foreign tourists in airports would not understand this stand-to-pee "innovation". Коммуняки совсем ёбнулись.
16:41 June 11, 2012 by strixy
How exactly are they going to enforce this moronic law?

Yet again another proof that noone wants to restrict human freedom more than those who constantly preach about it. Poisonous minds.
19:16 June 11, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
Wow, some posters must be EXTREMELY insecure about their masculinity if they see this (somewhat stupid but nevertheless harmless) proposal as some sort of feminist conspiracy.

I bet you're the kind of people who wear tinfoil hats to block the feminists mind control rays and see lesbian extremists lurking in every corner, scalpel in hand ready to emasculate you.
19:20 June 11, 2012 by televinken
"Center party wants women to pee standing up!"

(Thats the headline I'm waiting for)
19:31 June 11, 2012 by Just_Kidding
urinals in public offices should be introduced to Sweden.
22:39 June 11, 2012 by dizzymoe33
As a woman I find this story absolutely ridiculous!! Just invest in some urinals for the mens bathrooms. Or if a urinal can't be provided then here is a tip flush the toilet and pee at the same time and when you are done peeing flush again this avoids the dreaded splashing dilemma! But I can not see how sitting down to pee will empty a mans bladder more efficiently and lead to a better sex life?!! Wow sounds like the Swedish big brother is getting kinky!!
02:40 June 12, 2012 by scorpio609
Aren't Sewdish men taught to raise the toilet seat when they pee as a courtsey to those who come after?

And what about target control? Or do they just whip it out and let go LOL
07:35 June 12, 2012 by Marc the Texan
"The Left Party also cites medical research it claims shows that men empty their bladders more efficiently when they are seated."

They are really trying to sell it, aren't they. hahaha
10:16 June 12, 2012 by Borilla
Perhaps it would be easier to have the Left Party teach politicians in Sörmland not to pee on the floor. No, I guess not. If their mothers couldn't do it, the Left Party probably can't either, especially given the limited IQ of politicians on both the left and right.
12:14 June 12, 2012 by riose
Next step: make women pee standing up.
19:24 June 12, 2012 by luke123
I'm not going to let any dawn communazy tell me how to pee !
17:09 June 13, 2012 by Rebel
Bet Hilary Clinton stands to urinate.
22:52 June 13, 2012 by haladeen
I have this new proposal:

07:36 June 14, 2012 by SecondGen
Lot of luck with that.

In Chicago, many public bathrooms now have signs in English and Spanish begging people not to defecate in the urinals. Seems like a pretty stupid thing to do since there is no toilet paper there, but apparently it's happening (lines are shorter)..

The world is getting messy.
14:17 June 14, 2012 by rohermoker
In interest of Genger fairness, they could install womens urinals, and everyone could stand ( oh yea they do make them in the US)
21:15 June 14, 2012 by danielm.
Stories like this make me fear for the worst. As someone across seas who has had a love for Sweden years and even attempted to learn the language, I can't help but have my day ruined at the realization of what the country has become.
19:02 June 15, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#43: and what exactly has the country become? The motion in question isn't being proposed as a national legislation. Quit overreacting.
20:22 June 15, 2012 by tadchem
If my wife finds I've 'faulted' while peeing, she goes on strike until I clean the commode.

I think the Left just wants an excuse to put cameras in the stalls.


Hilary Clinton does stand to urinate - on three legs.
01:04 June 16, 2012 by Stuart Parsons
Muhammad stated the only correct way for a man to urinate was for him to squat. It is recommended that present day male Muslims sit while urinating. Squating or sitting lessens the likelihood of one soiling one's body with urine. Muhammad maintained those who soiled their bodies with urine, would be tortured in their gaves.

The full correct Muslim toilet etiquette involves entering left foot first, asking Allah for his protection from the evil lurking within (evil jinn inhabit toilets). Do not look at the waste passed from the body and leave right foot first thanking Allah for his protection.
11:38 June 16, 2012 by tonylaz
"The Left Party also cites medical research it claims shows that men empty their bladders more efficiently when they are seated."

Interesting claim which certainly DOES NOT agree with my own personal findings.

Sounds like more of the Left's junk research. GI,GO. (garbage in, garbage out)
03:51 June 17, 2012 by ultra_materialist
The most political correct country in the world: Sweden...

21:18 June 18, 2012 by Carolyne Mas
I love Alex Jones, but he is really ignorant about other cultures. I heard him complaining about this on his show. When I lived in Germany, most men I knew peed sitting down. What a pleasure it was to have a party. I had never seen men do this before. I didn't have to clean pee from the floor, or the bathroom rug, or the toilet seat. One man told me that this was the way "gentlemen" peed, implying that to stand was somehow uncouth.

I married a man I met there, and he has peed sitting down for his entire life. We have taught our son to do this too, He will also use TP instead of letting the drops of urine stain his clothes. It just makes sense. It's cleaner all around. We don't live outdoors, after all...and it's us women that end up doing all the cleaning!
22:03 June 19, 2012 by mcarroll1
Who pees on their clothes. Using the 'Shewee' device it is possible for a woman to pee standing up. So this evens things up. Its cleaner than sitting on soiled seats. Women or men all hate to have to sit on public toilet seats. Sometimes the floor is littered with the toilet roll that women and I guess some men use to cover the seat and then are too lazy or germ conscious to pick it up and put it in the bowl - aircraft toilets are so horrible in this way.
18:32 June 21, 2012 by Michael Whitfield
Sitting down to bleed the lizard. The rationale here that you do not spray or splatter the area around the toilet. Hygiene is the key word. Just hope the Nanny state does not recommend you lift your leg during this process
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