Women-Parts As Urinals

Sociological Images has quite a collection of women-parts as urinals, and sometimes sinks.

Looks like equal parts sex and denigration of women.

From Stephanie Medley-Rath: urinals shaped like women’s mouths (source)

Liz B. sent in a slide show of “innovative” urinals that included this example:

collegehumor_ae6259ecd76621e026a48ef716d2be6fUrinals at the Rosenmeer restaurant in Moenchengladbach, Germany (source):

Nun urinals:

More nun (or maybe the Virgin Mary?) urinals (here):

Emma B. sent in these images of sinks; not a urinal, but I think it fits in with these images pretty well:

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Reposted with permission.

Thanks to Gwen Sharp, associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv

And Lisa Wade is a sociology professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.

Posted on July 27, 2017, in feminism, men, objectification, sexism, women and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Yikes

  2. Did anyone check the women’s room?

    • I been in a lot of women’s rooms and never seen anything like this.

      That said, I doubt many men have seen this everything either. But if anyone has let me know.

  3. This sounded a lot like Armsterdam… was quite amazed to find out which were the locations. 😉 Some are quite artistic (like the mouths, I´d say)… But the aparently “hidden” message is not that subtle, uh!. xx

  4. Wow!!
    I don’t even know where to being with these pictures. It makes a good joke, it make a different look and style to the bathrooms, but how do that make people feel and what do it really say to someone. On a drunkin bar hopping night, I can so see myself laughing at this if my guys friends show this to me. I probably even try to go get a picture with me smacking one on the butt. On the serious note do i really want someone pissing in my mouth? This is reminds me of the controversy about woman wearing skipping clothes out and men say its your fault that you got raped..NOOOO!! Wrong!! I can hear a guys saying, “well I seen it in the men restroom to use the woman mouth as a urinal, so I actually did it to a real one”…potty foul!! haha.. If the woman restroom have the same kind of decor with penises as the handles to turn on the water and use male testicles as soap dispenser I think this is acceptable. If this was in a sex house like the bunny ranch or crazy festival like the Exotic Erotic Ball this would be a hit. That will be acceptable. But who want to a nice restaurant for dinner then go was your hand are use one of these. A person will come back to the table and not want to finish the dinner just go straight home and have sex. If you are on a date you come back to the table with a boner, what do you think your date will think. Well for me I don’t hate it and i don’t think its acceptable everywhere, I personally have a very wild and open mind but there is a lot of people that like to be classy and keeping person life where it belongs in the bedroom.

  5. I remember I sold a bachelor’s home that had something similar and I convinced the seller to remove it prior to selling. When we sold and helped him purchase another, it went right back into the new home. PPffffft.

  6. But how do you know it is denigration of women? Isn’t gender a social construct? They might be male mouths, and men in snow-white outfits or stockings.

    • Sex and gender are two different things:

      * sex is biological
      * gender is what we make of the biology

      Sex: These are clearly meant to depict biological women.

      Here’s the gender part: you can treat women with respect or not. Gender-wise, these don’t treat women with respect.

      • “These are clearly meant to depict biological women.”

        Why is a mouth or legs in stockings, or a veiled face clearly biological women? Of course I agree they depict women, but I only think that because women wear stockings and veils and lipstick, which you consider a mere social construct.

        “Gender-wise, these don’t treat women with respect.”

        Huh, I thought you were upset because they were biologically female, not gender-female?

        Anyway, you don’t believe in binary gender, so they might only be 68% feminine, 20% masculine and 12% attack helicopter. Why aren’t you upset for the men in Rocky Horror Picture Show who wore lipstick and stockings who are degraded by these artefacts?

  7. Those are in poor taste, but mathematically half of all people have below average intelligence. This has nothing to do with the other half.

  8. I’ve seen pictures where hillary clinton’s face was photoshopped on the wall above each urinal making it looking like it’s her mouth…

    • Wow!

      Why so much hatred toward her, do you think?

      • People feel she’s corrupt, right or wrong, but many do. You know the emails, bengazi, etc.

      • Yet people think that most politicians are corrupt. The people who most hate Hillary don’t have the same hatred for Donald Trump and yet he is, if anything, worse: Russian emails, doing what the Russians want (getting rid of sanctions and even suggesting joint US/Russian Internet surveillance — the better for Russia to spy on us.)

        And betraying his base by aligning with the elite the minute he gets into office — and yet I don’t hear them talking about this corruption and betrayal.

  9. I mean, this is ridiculous.

  10. This is my personal opinion on this. I do not think that this is an attack towards or at women. As a woman I do not take offense to this as I know it is all for comedy or for kicks. What I think really matters here is that after people encounter these unique features, that they do not treat women in the degrading manner that the urinals and sinks depict. To even out the field, I think it would be great if the same thing was done in the women’s bathroom, but with the male parts. Again, I don’t find this to be offense in itself, but if it left the wrong impression on people or caused them to treat women differently afterwards, then I think its doing more harm than for jokes. However, knowing how these things will affect people and their mentalities toward women because of the degrading nature of the features, I think that there needs to be signs or posters in the same room as these things disclaiming that they do not depict real life situations nor should these be acted out on women.
    Thank you

  11. I have seen a few images of women’s parts as urinals in the past, but I have never had as strong of a reaction as I did seeing the large quantity of photos together. The first thought that had come to my mind is how you would never or very rarely experience male objectification of toilet stalls or sinks in women’s restrooms. The parts of the body being portrayed such as the mouths, legs, and bottoms only encourages female objectification in our society. Women do not think of men as sexual objects in our everyday lives, but seeing these male bathrooms shows us how females as sexual objects is a norm in our society. Men use these stalls for funny entertainment and think of it as a joke. However, I believe using such urinals or sinks can reinforce rape culture and align with a lack of treating women with equality in our everyday lives.

  12. Although these urinals may be made as jokes or even entertainment where people can laugh over it is honestly the message that it sends to others. To begin it sexualizes women and objectifies them, for example it sends a message that women are meant to be used. The question is how using women parts as a urinal tells us about society as a whole? Why is it that women parts used as urinals funny? What’s the joke? Now when I’ve asked some people these questions what’s funny is that they can’t come up with an answer for me. What would happen if we reversed the situation and have sexualized men parts in women restroom? Would the argument still be the same or would it stray a different path? With this objectification of women it shows how societies views on women have changed itself when things such as lips are designed to be urinals.

  13. Pamela Ndiribe

    Aww this is awful. How are women supposed to be taken seriously when every second body parts are the focus? I couldn’t imagine my fiancé going to a restaurant restroom and seeing this. As a feminist, he would walk right back out and have us leave (yes sadly, he’s a bigger feminist than me…in practice). And the picture of the teenager using the sink. This also poisons his mind if he grows up in an environment that tolerates this. I believe here in the US we also perpetuate these type of things, but perhaps in different ways. Here we see it in ads, music, television, etc. it’s so integrated into the culture that it comes off as normal and most people don’t notice it, I believe restrooms should not have these types of urinals as it is not only not classy, but it also does not show respect for the female, I don’t believe that the women’s bathroom should have men’s body parts to even it out. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Also, I found the bathroom, with the virgin mother Mary also very demeaning, as it also shows no respect for religion. All in all, bathrooms like this are not in any shape or form lifting the female gender, rather it is demeaning and highly unnecessary.

  14. http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/24701-fbi-woman-killed-on-cruise-ship-in-fatal-domestic-dispute-during-murder-mystery-dinner

    I wrote too much in above post, but I posted this because of how absurd. Domestic violence is not new and murders or rapes unfortunately. It’s always on the news. I pointed this out because not just because of the result, which was murder. But the husband said he killed his wife on the cruise “she wouldn’t stop laughing at him”. Are you effing kidding me? You had a post I think about a woman in the middle east I think whose husband caught off her fingers because she had an education so apparently smarter than him.

    This insecurity drives me crazy. Yes women may cry easier from a person being mean, but evidence of this keeps on showing that it’s men who are more emotional and more sensitive because they can’t handle sometimes the smallest thing without resorting to violence. Men are Deemed as stoic, but it’s a person with a thin skin who does that stuff. And yes, many men don’t do that so I don’t mean that. But I mean let’s think about road rage for instance. Yes women get mad and flip the finger and can be aggressive. But who do you read about in the news about someone getting shot or beat up or killed or beaten with a bat? It has to be like 95% of the perpertrators a man or men doing so.

    • Thanks. Maybe I’ll write on this sometime.

      • Makes me think of a quote, that you’ve probably posted and know of that I’ve seen before.

        “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

        This story literally make me think of that and unfortunately it’s not the first and many in relation to this literally and metaphorically.

      • That quote makes a really good point.

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