Sunday, June 13, 2010

Potty Parity Returns


Last month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on the Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act (H.R. 4869). If ever there has been an argument against a full time legislature, this was it; apparently our Legislature has far too much time to kill.

It comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen the line outside the women’s room at a sporting event, or waited in a movie lobby with the other guys: women take longer in the restroom than men.
Rep. Elijah Cummings claimed that women are treated as second-class citizens. In the facilities I’ve seen, that is clearly it is not the case. Women’s facilities are always better. (Do women think we have sports bars in there?) Sometimes we don’t even have “toilets” just a wall with a drain at the bottom.........
You can’t get men to hang out in bathrooms. There are certain places men just don’t like to linger: restrooms, malls, and screenings of Sex in the City. Part of this has to do with simple biology. Whereas lower animals use scent to mark their territory, civilized men have evolved with the ability to write their name in the snow.