06 November 2011 @ 11:22 am
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The Female Urinal.
There must have been a reason these did not catch on? Seen one lately?

Architectural Forum
1953- January

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E♥: Bert Convy: with Bob Barkerwhoseline_wlsc on November 6th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd even know how to use that.
luke_russellluke_russell on November 7th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: yes
I have never even HEARD of a female urinal. Do you use it forward or backward?
Ejia Arath: ur flavr iz deelishusejia_arath03 on November 6th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Does not compute. If you're putting it in a home, then... just put an actual toilet in?
Man Writing Slash: JA plays with gunswrite_light on November 6th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes
well that says it's for restrooms, but then it offers a "pedastal" and "tank" model, which they refuse to call a toilet.
Pat Bpbrim on November 6th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, lord! I remember these! There was a period when you were finding these in a lot of roadside rest areas and I hated them. I was never sure what you were supposed to do. Let's face it, even wearing skirts they were almost impossible to use without completely removing your underwear, or sitting directly on the urinal. And as a rather short child, they were always scary high. You can manage to sit on a normal toilet even if your feet barely hit the ground (or even dangle a bit), but if you are supposed to stand over it, the height of crotch level becomes an important matter.

Edited at 2011-11-06 05:56 pm (UTC)
noluck_bostonnoluck_boston on November 6th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
With out going "there" lol, I was wondering if you or your back faces the wall?
Pat Bpbrim on November 6th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
That's part of what I was never sure of, but I believe that you were supposed to face the wall and straddle the narrow part. Women not having the anatomy for good aim, I believe the bowl shaped area was intended to allow maximum containment. But as I said, no-one seemed to know for sure. There were never instructions of any kind that I was aware of, nor have I seen anyone post any they have found. And you know that is exactly the kind of weird stuff that would get posted.
noluck_bostonnoluck_boston on November 7th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
I forgot that in the initial posting, we found out the answer.


luke_russellluke_russell on November 7th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Is there ANY wonder these are no longer to be found anywhere?
kelp.itskelp on November 7th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
oh, so they're basically like squat toilets you could sit on in an emergency. . .but you can't squat all the way down in a fixed balanced position. . .worst of both!
Joejoebehrsandiego on November 6th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Versailles: ?!versailles_rose on November 6th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
OMG, these were awful, more formidable than having to pee in the woods. Happy to say that I haven't seen one in years.
Shazaga!voodoodollyiii on November 6th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
So, you'd have to totally take off your pants? What a waste of time!! Plus, I bet there would be splashing!
tessentgehst on November 6th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh hey my old house had one of those tiny bathtubs. It was completely useless for anything besides giving the dog a bath.
Tazlettazlet on November 6th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
The idea was if you were wearing a tight girdle (and there was no other kind) and many women didn't wear panties, you could pee standing up without having to take the girdle off.

I echo the scary to a small child.
franklanguage: Roseanne Rosanadanafranklanguage on November 6th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
This is one of several sites where women can learn to pee standing. The original one, "A Woman's Guide on How to Pee Standing" has been mirrored so many times that it's just about disappeared. The message, however, is that most women are able to pee standing up, so there are still several websites that will teach it, and still others that hawk assistive devices like the "PeeZee," TravelMate, and others.

My point is that women have always been trying to learn to urinate while standing; in some cases, like if you're working in the fields on a farm, it's a huge advantage to be able to slip behind some bushes and let it out.
noluck_bostonnoluck_boston on November 6th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
There was a another product out there called a Whizzy. I will never forget sitting in a Dr.'s office and watching Meridith Vieira telling the audience she never goes anywhere without her Whizzy.
pikkewyntjie: after 70pikkewyntjie on November 7th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
One of the benefits of being a woman is getting to pee sitting down! Some days it's about the only time I get to sit down! Can I get a witness?
cactuswrencactuswren on November 9th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
I wonder what publication this is from? Something in the hospitality industry, I suspect: those women's urinals only ever showed up in public washrooms (and not many there), and that "Remotaire Room Conditioner" looks very like the thunderously loud item that cooled the last hotel room I occupied.
noluck_bostonnoluck_boston on November 9th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes
Hello Cactuswren,
Sorry for the lack of a citation. When I originally posted this earlier this year It had one.

It was published in the January 1953 issue of Architectural Forum. Which at that time was one of the top architectural magazines in the country.

Again sorry for the lack of a citation.
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