Well, it's Sunday, and it's Lent, and I didn't even go to church today, and I shouldn't do it, but I will anyway.
Lapin directed me to the site of The International Center For Bathroom Etiquette. I was disappointed to note that the staff of the center consists only of males, however, it appears that the all-male staff is willing to receive input from women, since they claim to know nothing about women's bathroom etiquette, although some are married with children.
I grew up in a family of girls, and I suppose that my father had good bathroom etiquette (he was fastidious about quite a few matters). I have two sons, and when they were young, I learned quickly about a lack of bathroom etiquette. It seemed that as long as they were in the right room, then it was anything goes.
But I digress. Back to ICBE.
In their Women's Bathroom Issues I section I found this gem:
On Going to the Bathroom in Groups:
It is not only appropriate for women to go in groups (preferably holding hands and giggling), it is severely reprehensible for a girl to go alone. For men, perhaps, hanging around and chatting to other men in public lavatories is to frowned upon. For ladies, however, the “bathroom” is a centre for socialising excellence. On many occasions, the best part of my evening out has consisted of those minutes (or, when my lovely friend was very very sick, hours) spent near the mirrors chatting and complimenting and borrowing make-up. This space provides a valuable haven in which to be updated on everything as it happens, and voice a preferably bitchy opinion.
It is also a nice place to chat to obviously never-to-be-seen again people and characters and you can get quick sudden glimpses into the lives and usually-all-the-same dreams (- to find a rich handsome etc etc) of people who have lives a million miles from your own and who wear clothes you wouldn’t be seen dead in, but if you did, would look a whole lot fucking sexier on you. But to fully use these facilities, it is necessary to arrive accompanied, or you may create the wrong impression. Particularly if you’re in a gay bar.
What is wholly unacceptable, I think, is when a girl says she needs the loo and nobody claims to want to go too. SERIOUSLY POOR ETIQUETTE! Consider your sisters!!!
(Apart from anything else, there are often shockingly long and boring queues)
From the spelling and the language, I'd guess that Natarina is not from the US. She could even be English, but she gets it right anyway, don't you think? In a group around a table especially, when one woman "needs to go", me included, the woman will ask or give a questioning look to other women in the group to see if any of them have a similar "need to go".
I want to say something about sad folks who have nothing better to do than make up websites for blog posts on silly (but funny) subjects, but when I think of a good many postings on this very blog, it's pot-kettle-black, and I can't go on. And if the folks who run those sites give me a laugh or two, then that makes their efforts worthwhile.
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