Toilets! The great battleground selected by women to prove that men are an inferior species. Men are always being hammered by women over little things like:
* "Put the lid down!" I suppose they base this on some scientific principal that states, 'if it isn't put down then it can't go up again.' For some reason many women forget to follow their own rule.
** "In it, not at it." They even put up signs to this effect. As far as I know all men try 100% to meet this demand, but it's a bit like any sport requiring a good aim (Archery and Skeet Shooting spring to mind)in that a variety of factors (wind,coughing at the wrong time, equipment malfunction, etc)can prevent a perfect score every time.
Women, of course, have a totally different approach to going to the toilet.
* they prefer to have another woman accompany them to the toilet, presumably ... actually, I do not know why they do that. I do know that if a man asked another man to join him in the toilet there would be some raising of eyebrows ...
** they will quite happily stand in a long queue at McDonalds toilets while avoiding eye contact with males who happily whizz in and out of the MEN/GENTLEMEN entrance
Finally, their problems have been solved. Women have discovered something that men have known about for long time - urinals save time ... and water (thereby saving the planet).
September 26th, six women’s standing urinals officially being tested at Shaanxi Normal University public restrooms, the students using them to urinate while standing still a bit shy. Female standing urination has ushered in a tough practice in colleges and universities.
... Special signs were designed next to the urinals: “If every woman can urinate standing, Shaanxi Normal University can save 160 tons of water.” Around the urinals are specially designed partitions to avoid awkwardness while using the toilet; the partitions are decorated with pink patterns, with this kind of warm design mainly done to reduce women’s apprehension [of using these toilets]. Next to the urinals are specially placed funnels.
... Seven college student union representatives from Shaanxi province arrived that day to participate in the ceremony for implementing the Shaanxi Normal University female urinal, all of them being female students. One student representative said that the experience was indeed very novel, having listened to the professors explain the significance of doing so, having the courage to try, yet not knowing what to do after entering the toilet. One female shyly entered the toilet and upon exiting said, “ was there for a 2-3 minutes, but couldn’t urinate.” A second year female graduate student said new things require everyone to gradually accept, the first time definitely going to be bad, and that one needs to practice a few times before they become accustomed.
See - it does need practice!
Anyway, it does leave one question unanswered (ok - several questions). If it is such an issue why don't women provide funnels for men in toilets? Oh, thats right ... they already have one.
So, girls/ladies/women, as you step into a toilet with a urinal remember every man in the Saloon is right behind you.
The full story is on China Smack: http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/shaanxi-normal-university-tests-female-standing-urinals.html