Friday, June 15, 2007

Public Private Parts

One rarely, if ever, sees women in TT squatting openly in public spaces, by the roadside or against walls urinating. Is it that women have stronger and larger bladders and can therefore wait until they get to the nearest toilet? In the event that females are on the road (in a car) and have 'an emergency', they generally tend to stop at the side of the road and open both car doors (front and back) to shield them from public view. (I've seen this mainly on country drives, on the way to the beach, etc. where the likelihood of a toilet being around the corner is less). Either that or they go in a bush or behind a tree, where they can't be seen by everyone. At Carnival, most women (in absence of a toilet, bush or secluded spot), get their friends to form a circle around them, quite like a human toilet cubicle.

Men however (those who urinate in public) have no problem pulling out their 'penii' in full view of people on the road. Walls, bushes, sidewalks and trees are their main urinary targets. Don't they feel embarrassed about someone they know seeing them in action? Obviously not. In fact, maybe they like the display, because some of them don't even attempt to hide anything from pedestrians and drivers.

Hand-painted signs asking men 'not to pee' against public property are fairly common. One of my favourites is the grammatically incorrect: DO NOT URINE HERE.

What I found amusing about the sign in the featured photo is that it is just outside of a small snackette in St. Augustine. It looks as though the snackette owners are announcing to customers that there's no Urine available today. Sorry, folks. We've run out of stocks. Try again next week.

(P.S. Worse yet, it's painted over an old Lucozade sign ... also a yellow liquid!)

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Blogger Webgrl said...

I think if we had penii (btw, elsfit! thats MY word!!!)
we probably would be whip them out and do our thing too! They sell cups made to sort of ...'extent' your girl bits so you can go standing up! They sell them on the counter and super pharm. Its seriously good for a laugh.ew.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I've heard of the cups. They advertised them heavily around Carnival. Even so, would the average woman use such apparatus openly at the side of the main road, highway or outside of a snack shop?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

One of your funniest posts. I nearly giggled myself to death. But as an always-sit-downer I have a clear conscience, and I'm everything from amused to extremely "pissed" by some men's proudness of peeing everywhere or exposing their public, ehm, private parts. An atavistic behavior, hopefully soon to be scientifically studied as part of humanity's past!
Oh, was this too strong? then delete this comment...

2:35 PM  
Blogger Kaivalya said...

Lest you think Canada is immune to PPPP (the Public Peeing Penis Problem), there are parts of the city that reek of urine because unruly penises have left their mark. Alas, it's less common to see an ordinary person 'whip it out' on the street. When I was in France, it WAS very common though - businessmen in suits would unzip on public sidewalks to relieve themselves. Charming, non? ;-)

3:30 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Oui oui, Kaivalya.

It's a global phenomenon.

4:48 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

And Gary, you're right - maybe one day it will be studied ... if it hasn't been already, by some sociologist. That would be an amusing report.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Webgrl said...

oops.....extend not extent!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Shivonne said...

Ha! There are worse things than public peeing perpetrated by men. I once saw a sign in a bar that said "Don't shit in the urinal!!!" I asked some male friends and apparently it seems to be a common problem hahaha...who knew? Maybe the result of inadequate toilet facilities for men?

4:32 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Oh gosh! Toilet training is sorely needed! That sign reminds me of a sign in a bar in Blanchisseuse stating NO PUBIC HAIR.

4:42 PM  

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