By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Cities
The Pollee urinal should -- at long last -- enable women to relieve themselves like a man.
Few people would deny that one of the great advantages of being a man is the ability to pee standing up. Such versatility makes the process quick, efficient and convenient, especially considering that several urinals can be fitted inside any given restroom.
But that doesn't mean the opposite sex has to take this inherent inequality sitting down (alright, pun intended). After all, urinals were created to cater to the different ways men go about their business, all the while women have been forced to make due with one receptacle, which they often end up waiting in much longer lines for. So leave it to the Danish, the progressive thinkers they are, to address a long-overdue social injustice by designing a urinal that accommodates women and girls.
UiWe, a Copenhagen-based firm, recently unveiled the Pollee, a groundbreaking new concept that's similar to what you'd typically see in the men's room except it's designed to ergonomically jut out just enough to offer females essentially the same functionality. To put it quite frankly, the device should -- at long last -- enable women to relieve themselves like a man.
Well... almost. Women would still need to squat slightly and the design features railings that they can grab to maintain balance.
Even so, just the notion of women using a urinal symbolizes a pretty radical shift culturally. And to help women ease into this, for the lack of a better term, post-feminist frontier, the company has created three versions: the Pollee Shy station, which comes with four urinals, each separated by walls, the Pollee topless, which provides privacy from the waist down, and the openly communal Pollee Naked.
The prototypes were introduced and field tested at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, where the company plans to use attendee feedback to come up with a final product to be manufactured for public events such as concerts, festivals, and other outdoor functions. So far, early impressions have been positive.
Designer Christian Pagh told Dezeen magazine:
The Roskilde project was all about testing our idea: a simple, open-air pee solution for girls. Quite frankly: the girls’ response at the festival was overwhelming. We have talked to hundreds of girls and although we received ideas for improvement, the overall message was: We use it and we love it!”
Whether they'll catch on is anyone's guess -- although I wouldn't expect the long waits outside the ladies' room to disappear anytime soon. But at the very least, they'll have have a pleasant alternative to those dreaded stench shacks otherwise known as porta-potties.
Check out a video of the Pollee in action by visiting Politiken.dk
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The only 'downside' is that they still have to pull their pants and/or panties and squat to use it. I guess the 'upside' is that they don't have to 'hover' over those nasty women's bathroom toilets....?
Women are keenly aware of the potential for bacterial, fungal, and viral transfer. They are loath to sit on anything that they did not personally clean and vet before use. Though this appears to be a good idea, the urinal is going to be no cleaner than a standard public toilet. Epic fail!
In the 1950s and perhaps even later, the women's restrooms at rest stops on the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma were equipped with urinals. My mother thought they were a real hoot but admitted they worked OK. From what I understand, they were porcelain and stuck out from the wall similar to urinals for men, though they stuck out much further and were narrow.
It is definitely a great option for those times you just have to let a bit of liquid go! Love to see them here in the USA. They are not replacing stalls, just increasing our options! YEA!
30 years ago I had a girlfriend from France who used to travel the world frequently she was able to pee like a man(some places you would not want to sit down or even go in to toilet!) as this is a scientific observation can say it was amazing to see this done while standing on a chair, into a hotel sink! In every other way was normal. I have friends who also say they have seen this done so nothing new here. maybe someone has a YouTube link for this phenomena for research purposes only you understand.
LOL. And how exactly are we older "fluffy" women supposed to use these things? You want me to "squat down" with my arthritic knees to use this? Remember, it doesn't mean opening a zipper, but removing one's panties and panty hose, or removing one's trousers, down to knee level, and then balancing carefully so as not to wet your undies. ...and heaven help the younger girls with heavy periods who have to change their youknowwhat...... And I don't even want to know about the possibility of touching dirty germs left by careless previous users. At least with seats we can cover them with paper or clean them with our hand sanitizer before using. the "cure" for long waits is more toilets...
In about 200 years in the U.S. So much infrastructure is currently needed BETWEEN men's urinals...good heavens, what would American women need?
Oh good grief, if the lines where too long, we would use the guys bathroom, seriously....they have stalls too.
I see to recall this from either the late 80's or early 90's. You had a plastic device with a paper sleeve that was thrown away after used. It was all the rage for 15 minutes, but it turned out that it was just really considered silly by the ladies and did not sell for long. The obstacle is not so much the ability to stand up, but rather the type of clothes women wear and the speed in which they can dress and redress with a modicum of dignity.
1 of those inventions that is so sensible that it makes you wonder why no one thought of it before. "...the Pollee topless, which provides privacy from the waist up..." should read "from the waist down"
Danes = citizens of Denmark, whose capital is Copenhaguen Dutch = citizens of Holland (or the Netherlands), whose capital is Den Haag (The Hague).
>> touching dirty germs left by careless previous users. Germs? Germs? How about in the guy's side when the urinals are full then the cubicals are used. However some guys think that they can aim or are too lazy to lift the ring. These ignorant, stupid or just don't care guys make a huge mess. Anyone following them wastes 10 feet of toilet paper wiping things down just so they can put some paper on the ring before sitting. On the other hand the counters and floors are generally cleaner on the guy's side.
If women would stop wearing certain clothes that make it a lengthy visit to the restroom then the lines would 'dry up' so to speak. They can wear skirts and thigh highs or garter belts. With that combo they can get their bizness done much more efficiently. Wearing those body suits and such just isn't practical. They KNOW they are going out in public then they shouldn't wear restrictive clothing. Sounds like another case of p3n1s envy to me.
ABSOLUTELY tioedong! Wish I could vote you +100. What do you want to bet the 'designer' of this was a 20 something, and probably a man at that! And who said this is an "inequality"?! Men have never had a problem with urinals because they've always had a "whose is bigger" mentaltity. It's one measure of their "manhood". Women relish/need the privacy of a locked bathroom door, and a stall recreates a tiny bit of that when you're out in public. We both get what we need, simple. What public restroom designers need to do is plan more space for stalls in women's restrooms and quit trying to squeeze us into 18 inch wide shoe boxes.
Why do women take so long? Aside from rearranging our clothing, if it's the wrong time of the month we often having to do other unmentionable things while we are inside the stall...and then, unlike most men, we women actually wash our hands after using the toilets...we usually also ften comb our hair, fix our makeup. That is assuming we aren't using the baby changing station or trying to keep the kids in line.
If you take a look at the link, you'll see that it provides privacy from the waist up. Which is kinda weird.
You say women should stop wearing restrictive clothes? You mean like pants? Even with skirts and thigh highs; there is still the issue of removing the under garment. Also with skirts women must be careful to keep them out of toilet water - clean or otherwise. Stop the bad attitude dude.
>> Men have never had a problem with urinals because they've always had a "whose is bigger" mentaltity. First thing guys want to get their business done as fast as possible. Don't we all. Second, there is an unwritten code of conduct at the urinal. Rule #1. Do not chose a urinal that is besdie another guy if there is one with an empty one inbetween you. Rule #2. If this is not possible tthen it's ok to stand beside another pee're. However you usually chose the one closest to the door or sinks (for a speedy exit). Rule #1 usually negates seeing anything of your neighbor's junk. I use junk as that's the term used with what is touched when groped at your favorite airport. Second, no guy wants to get caught looking at or even in the direction of another guy's junk. Remember, we don't want to hang around any longer than women want to.
You see with the ADA the toilets have to be a certain size and a certain space. Bathroom 'real estate' is at a premium for most places and any remodeling would force the modifications for the purported handicapped people. A friend talked about designing bathroom accommodations for a restaurant. He made the men's room as usual but only one commode for the ladies. I told him to oust the urinal change the spacing and put in two commodes for the ladies. When you have a lot of women someplace that draws the guys. And the guys spend a lot of money . . . He didn't like that idea and didn't do it.
Ask any janitor which bathroom is trashed worse at the end of the day. Mens room or ladies room and the answer is a unanimous ladies room. The word often used by the women who clean our office is pigs. Without getting graphic, the descriptions of the mess found daily are fairly disgusting. especially when you consider the highly educated, well paid lady executives who use the room.
Who says men don't wash their hands?Most men with a sense of cleanliness and hygiene do, at least I do.... and then,what I do is,hang around till some one opens the door,put my foot forward,so that I don't have to touch the door handle!.....remember, it's the handles where you have the max number of bacteria/germs.....and oh no!... it's not the OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder!)....in these days of SARS,one should be extremely cautious!.....MATTS