Saturday, April 05, 2008
No privacy for men?
The other day I was in a railway station in a place called Reading, which is a town just outside London. I needed to go to the toilet, so i found the men's toilet and as I walked in I noticed a sign which said something along the lines of 'This toilet is cleaned by both men and women'. It puzzled me briefly as I couldn't believe that a woman cleaner would be allowed in the men's toilet - surely as private a place for a man as you can get - whilst men were actually in there. Yet, if the women cleaners were only let in when no male members of the public were in there, why bother with the sign? My question was soon answered when I saw a female cleaner walking around in there, whilst a man stood at one of the urinals, penis in his hand. This was one of those 'WTF?!' moments I occasionally have where the world just doesn't seem coherent at all, and I wonder if I'm missing something.
Is it me? Am I being too prudish? Or is this just bizarre, and an invasion of privacy? How would you feel if you were in a toilet with your penis out and a woman was walking around? Have you experienced this in a public toilet before, or is this a new phenomenon?