Potty Tawlk

13/Mar/2008

Dear Internet,

There’s a big discrepancy among my friends that makes me need to post a question to you. It’s of dire importance, naturally, as I wouldn’t waste your valuable, precious time if it wasn’t.

If there is a men’s room and a women’s room, both the exact same except the sign on the door, do you wait in line for a busy women’s room?

Or do you go to the men’s room?

Bathroom blogging

I ask because once, as a very very large pregnant woman, I stood in line at Starbucks for ten minutes behind a mom with a preschooler and three old ladies while some woman decided to “drip dry” in the single ladies room. One man after another popped in front of the line, whipped it out, did their thang, and left leaving the very large pregnant lady, the three old women and the preschooler perplexed.

And also very stupid.

Since that day, I will not wait in line for a bathroom that I feel confident is cleaned often, contains no nasty urinal, and mostly almost exactly matches the one across the hall. With the caveot, of course, this does not, no ever, apply to a gas station…. Obviously.

So? What do you do? Hold it and wait? Or wiz and go?

Hi

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Comments

  1. Hmm…If it is a single bathroom, yah. I would do it.  ESPECIALLY IF PREGNANT.

    If there are two stalls?

    No.way.in.hell.

    Unless I was very pregnant and had a friend who could stand in front of the door and explain.

    By Loralee on 2008 03 13

  2. Hold it and wait.  I’ve never been in a men’s restroom, but my husband says they are the filthiest places on the planet.  Of course, he’s kind of a germaphobe, so a misplaced piece of toilet paper might make him recoil in horror.

    By heather on 2008 03 13

  3. I hold it an wait.  I’m too inhibited to use the men’s room.

    By Sleeping Mommy on 2008 03 13

  4. One other thing.  Sounds like Heather and I are married to the exact same man.

    By Sleeping Mommy on 2008 03 13

  5. Even when I catch a brief glimpse inside the male washroom, I feel like I have to take a shower.
    Boys have cooties raspberry

    By songsinblue on 2008 03 13

  6. This is SO RANDOM. But, I totally had this dream last night that I went to drinks with a friend and found out midstream that I was using the wrong bathroom. So, I had to WAIT in there until all the men were gone. Which meant, I was away from the table a very very long time. I need help. Totally.

    By rhiinpink on 2008 03 13

  7. I would have to wait.  I’ve thought about it, but I couldn’t do it.

    By Young on 2008 03 13

  8. In my personal case - it’s really a matter of need.  How badly do I need to go?  I live with all boys, dude.  So it depends on “Eh, gotta pee…  Hate the line” or “GETOUTTAMYWAY!”

    By Michele on 2008 03 13

  9. Mens room!!  IF I can either lock the door or work out a deal with another woman to guard the door.  Absolutely!  Is that bad….?

    By Wendy on 2008 03 13

  10. It depends. Like at church, I do it all the time because there is only one and a nice lock on the door. In more public places it has to have a lock on the outer door…(and be just a single bathroom, no stalls)...
    it is too funny to walk out and have guys waiting in line! the looks on their faces is classic!

    By hilary on 2008 03 13

  11. ever since I was at work waiting for the women’s to open up and a MAN came walking out. Yeah, I pee where I can.

    By Dawn S. on 2008 03 13

  12. Dude, totally go.

    By rachel on 2008 03 13

  13. I cannot tell you how many times I have used the mens room, and I don’t even care if it DOES have a urinal.  They still have normal stalls too!

    By Heather on 2008 03 13

  14. I’ve never gone in to the men’s room to be before, but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t. I did want to say, when you said, “One man after another popped in front of the line, whipped it out, did their thang, and left…” I first read it as “One man after another POOPED in front of the line…” I was like, “What? Men pooped in front of the women’s line?” Clearly I need to slow down a little when I read.

    By Christine on 2008 03 13

  15. If the men’s room is a single-seater with an external locking door, and it’s a clean establishment with no scary men lurking about the restroom, I would do it… I would do it whether pregnant or not, quite frankly. If ya gotta go, ya gotta go!

    By MGM on 2008 03 13

  16. I have nooooo problem using the men’s washroom.

    By Crunchy Carpets on 2008 03 13

  17. If I were pregnant or drunk I would use the mens room.

    If not, I would wait.

    By Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah on 2008 03 13

  18. Well, I?ve used several men?s rooms in my day, (typically post-cocktail, pre-kids), and I have no problem with the whole man-space issue, the true governor for me is the filth level.  Even the seemingly clean men?s rooms have an unmistakable urine smell.  Yuk.

    By Melissa on 2008 03 13

  19. Eh… I’m pretty grossed out by most public restrooms, let alone the men’s rooms.  Even during the last few months of pregnancy, when I needed to pee more often than I needed to breathe, I never crossed over to the dark side.  I don’t see anything philosophically wrong with it if you’re bold enough, but I am not that woman.

    By Summer on 2008 03 13

  20. If it is a single, I would whiz and go.  If it is a multi-stalled bathroom, I would hold it and wait.  I’m not gender biasis.  I HATE all multistalled bathrooms.  grin

    By mdvelazquez on 2008 03 14