"No Toilet, No Bride": Count the number of public toilets for women in India, or the availability of something as basic as low-cost sanitary napkins, and the invisibility of women’s needs becomes apparent."
Private toilets may increase in number:
"There are signs of change, though, and one of the most surprising may be in the matrimonial market. Four years ago, the Haryana government started its "No Toilet, No Bride" campaign, painting walls across the state with the slogan: 'I won’t allow my daughter to marry into a home without toilets.'
posted by emhutchinson
on Mar 17, 2011 -
wants you to start talking about waste. And no, she isn't concerned with your recycling habits, your fluorescent light bulbs, or the packaging on your electronics. She's concerned with your, ahem, human waste. Ms. George has written a book
on the way both first and third world societies deal with sewage, and now Freakonomics is talking with her
posted by aliceinreality
on Nov 24, 2008 -
posted by reklaw
on Aug 10, 2004 -
Sadly, there's a dearth of literature on toilet hygiene. Here in Portugal, being a clean-living people, after wasting a forest of bunched-up paper, we thoroughly wash our arses/asses in a bidet
after - pardon my French - taking a dump
. Men, it must be said, carefully wipe their dicks with toilet paper after a pee and flush twice. Women, though deprived of dicks in the tradition of old Freudian "penis envy", do the same. I wonder whether this is a universal tradition. Pray tell. Ugh!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Aug 23, 2003 -
Filthy secrets of medieval toilets:
Featuring the Royal Water Closet of French King John the Fearless. "Lesser mortals of course had less sophisticated apparatus... Some were no more than holes built into the wall, others were primitive outhouses perched with wooden supports onto an upper story. A series of mediaeval illuminations at the exhibition shows that accidents in these contraptions were common." Mon dieu!
posted by eyebeam
on Jun 13, 2003 -
Diary for a New America:
Because a toilet seat is a terrible thing to waste. Poison drummer Rikki Rockett says the "days of useless acts of hotel destruction are over." Now he's leaving his artistic mark in hotel loos nationwide. See for yourself in the gallery.
posted by acornface
on Aug 1, 2002 -
. Oh, it's not like you weren't expecting it. I'm surprised it took this long, actually.
posted by Su
on Apr 20, 2002 -
Finally, the promise of the internet realized. Your online guide to the best public toilets
(by city). Memorize them all.
posted by thirteen
on Oct 10, 2000 -