New York City officials are considering downgrading public urination to a mere violation instead of a misdemeanor offense, in an effort to roll back excessive broken-windows policing. Reducing criminal penalties, however, fails to address the root of the peeing in public problem. Citing people for public urination criminalizes someone for doing something that society, the state and the market effectively encourages by making public restrooms scarce. That's a hallmark of broken windows policing: punish low-level crimes that are born of necessity or, sometimes, just understandable convenience—including people hustling to sell loosies, drinking on stoops instead of at a pricy cafe's outdoor seating and, yes, those who pee where they must because there is a woeful dearth of places to urinate lawfully. The number of public restrooms, however, is insufficient in many places.
A female urinal is a urinal designed for the anatomy of women , to allow ease of use by women and girls. Different models enable urination in standing, semi-squatting , or squatting postures, always without direct bodily contact with the urinal. Sitting models also exist, but with direct bodily contact with the urinal. Unisex urinals are also marketed by various companies, and can be used by both sexes. Female urinals and unisex urinals are much less common than male urinals. Urinals are more abundant in men's and boys' public toilets than in the facilities in private homes.
Ah, the public restroom. I was going to say "you either hate it, or love it," but that's not true. We all hate it. Doing our business in public restrooms seems to leave many of us with a bad taste in our mouths. We have no idea whose cheeks were on the seat before us, and don't even get me started on the uncomfortable smells that come from complete strangers.
W e can make magic happen! I thought to myself. We are mothers! We can do it all and look better doing it than the boys! It only took one small moment for my feelings of lady pride to come crashing to a deafening halt.