Sara stands outside on a summer day in the countryside, and feels the urge. She looks: The coast is clear. She squats, pulls her underwear aside, and pees. For people with vulvas , peeing outside, like many other things—becoming president, screaming during a work meeting, wearing comfortable but fashionable shoes—is just not extended to us as a social norm. Now with public bathrooms and restrooms in private businesses—often inaccessible in the best of times—overwhelmingly closed, women are faced with a challenge: to do any sort of safe socialization, a good old-fashioned nature pee may be necessary.
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Edith Wilson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. In early June in our home city of Guelph, Ont. But where did protesters who needed to use the washroom go? Guelph, like many Canadian cities, had few open public washrooms in the first phase of the pandemic.
Lockdown has turned our parks into urine-soaked hellholes
Since lockdown, sales of devices that help women and trans men pee standing up have gone through the roof. But would it be healthier for everyone to just sit down? N atasha Bright watched in horror as she saw her friends drinking beer after beer in the park. She had gone out to meet them as lockdown restrictions eased and maybe have a drink herself. But one thought plagued her: what if I need the toilet?
Friday drinks have made a return in recent weeks. Months spent inside, the news that up to six people can meet outdoors and the sunniest May on record meant that millions have swapped pubs for parks. No, not sausages sizzling on disposable barbecues. This is becoming a problem for people like Emelda Marcos, who is fed up with strangers squatting where she sleeps. Marcos lives in the picturesque valley town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.