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:



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. 37 Comments.

  1. I can only assume that the owners of these establishments that put items like this into their buildings are not getting any sex, and are from an extremely lower class of society. Certainly 100% of the people behind these installations do not have positive female influences in their lives. There is a difference between thinking something is funny or tantalizing, but then acting on it is a different story.

    They can achieve beautiful designs in their bathrooms by infusing color on walls, finding a real artist to paint a mural or even to make a gorgeous tile mosaic that catches the eye. Unfortunate to see them have to resort to such base and offensive items for the men’s restrooms. It is making me wonder what the women’s restrooms look like in these places, as I see that some are restaurants. I searched online for spectacular women’s bathrooms and only found a lot of beautiful and classy bathrooms along with these same classless men’s bathrooms. Yeah I know, the red lips urinals are a take-off on the Rolling Stones, but that doesn’t make it classy nor a good idea. Just sad and pathetic.

  2. I find these images very offensive and is super distrusting. It’s literally a men urinating on a womens vajina. To me this symbolizes that men believe they are superior to women and can do to them whatever the please. It’s just not right. It’s showing women being seen as objects and it’s sad to me how some men believe this is cool.

    How would a men feel if us women were urinating in their face or even on their private parts? I’m pretty sure they’d feel offended. They’d feel like they have no control to what a women could do to them. Well at least that’s how I feel. We have no control on how men feel toward us. We can’t make some men respect women. It’s like a women’s thoughts and opinions doesn’t matter so someone.

    For example, men don’t like it when other people touch their butt, yet it’s okay for men to touch a woman’s butt. It’s a form of sexism. So why is it ok to have these urinals ?

  3. The motives of the people who designed these urinals were probably to entertain and gain attention. That being said, people really need to start to think about the long-term effects of their actions. While this may have started as something funny and meaningless in their minds, it is actually the epitome of objectifying and sexualizing women. Every action has a reaction, and as for this, the reaction to this is negative to society especially our younger generations. Younger people’s minds are so malleable and susceptible to all aspects that surround them. We already have enough examples of people objectifying women without this, and for our younger generations to grow up around this is appalling. I would like to live to see the day where gender-equality is not only present but a socially accepted norm. If we continue to bypass things like this our younger generations will grow up on these skewed principles that we so desperately need to get rid of.

  4. This post was really disturbing to see. As a woman I have never really been inside of men’s bathrooms and seen urinals, especially not like this. Frankly it is quite disgusting to see. These images greatly promote further objectivity and sexualization of women. These women parts on the urinals become increasingly disturbing as one realizes that these images only depict certain parts of the female body, such as their mouths or behinds. The objectifying of women is a huge problem in our society as it leads to violence, more so sexual violence. These images demean women and suggest to men that only certain parts of a woman are to be valued or looked at. When people are objectified it leads them to be dehumanized, making violence easier. The less men see women as humans the easier it becomes to violate them, meaning rape, assult, and simply put down. Furthermore these images are offensive, suggesting to men that women are so below them that they can literally pee on them. 

  5. First off. Nuns should not be urinals. Not only is that offensive to those who follow religion but also it’s just gross. I’m not a religious person but a little respect goes a long way. Now as for the women’s body parts like mouths, legs, rumps, and such I can see both sides of the argument. One the one hand they are fantastically crafted and hilariously vibrant pieces of art. On the other hand they are being peed on….. You can find more of this kind of thing all over as well. There are even lamps in the shape of butts that you slap the cheek to turn it on. (link to a video below) That being said go into any Spencer’s and you can find penis shaped everything, joke items galore. Sex can be used for humor or expression and to say that peeing on the female figure is wrong also puts down those who might have certain fetishes. Is it uncomfortable for the average woman? Probably. Are there plenty of women who find it hilarious and who are willing to try one of those out themselves? Ofcourse! Sometimes we need to step back from our own comforta and find humor in these things or better if upset at this then make male centered versions as well! Phallic art can be just as beautiful and silly!

  6. First off, I just wanted to say that the art is amazing. The first picture of the mouth is fabulous with bright red color on the lips and extremely white shiny teeth. There seems to be no tongue, which makes me a little bit disappointed. For the other parts, even though I appreciate how nice it can be, it is a little bit disturbing and disgusting especially the picture where the legs were up in the air and the nun part. For the legs up picture, I feel like it makes me uncomfortable to even use it. The nun part seems to be a little bit disrespectful to someone who is Christian. It does not matter how amazing the art may be, it is still considered a degradation of women to me. Imagine if men parts were put like that, what would happen? Probably, no one is going to use it.

    • Yeah, looking at it from an art perspective it’s pretty good. Too bad it’s disrespectful. I would like to know what people would think if male parts were depicted like that.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. I mean, this is ridiculous.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Yikes

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