The Politics of the Urinal

The theatre break always brings the same age old problem; how to use the bathroom and get a drink before your pretentious artistic play resumes. No doubt I enjoy the spectacle but I need a drink and a wee to get through. The ladies bathroom; a three month waiting line, the men’s bathroom; as empty as the post-modern stage set. Is it that women just take incredibly long to relieve themselves or is it that men have been provided with an easily accessible quick fix commodity to get them out of the bathroom and asap to the bar? Unfair is the soft term to describe it. Imagine all the cavas I could have drunk in that time standing in line. The problem doesn’t just end in theatres. Oh no, this endurance occurs at festivals, bars, house parties, any gathering in fact. It is not as if much exciting even occurs in these waiting lines either, perhaps you get a chance to analyse how another woman applies lipstick. There’s generally no philosophising or banter either (yeh we didn’t get time to buy a drink yet) just awkward smiles at each other as the lucky woman who just came out of the bathroom tries to figure out yet another kind of hand-dryer that didn't exist last time you came out.

Coincidently in recent years it has been claimed that Duchamp’s readymade ‘Fountain’ was in fact the original work of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Pure irony that she chose the time saving urinal as an object of controversy? Could it have been that it was in fact a woman who mothered modern art through the use of the urinal instead of the much applauded Duchamp? This ladies, is a topic for our next bathroom queue.


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