Alright, any male, at least those in the US, has encountered a female family member, significant other, friend, roommate, etc, that goes batshit crazy over the idea of a male leaving up the toilet seat. I have always thought this was such a ridiculous thing to get worked up over, and at work yesterday, I overheard a conversation that took it to a whole new level.
A couple of my supervisors, all female, were having a pow wow near my desk, when I overheard one of them stating that she would like to make an announcement to the males in the office, that they need to start putting down the toilet seats in the private bathrooms we have in the office, and to stop peeing on the toilet. She seemed quite irritated by this.
I had to use everything in my power to keep from standing up and confronting her about this ludicrous behavior, and here's why.
1, Women seem to ALWAYS link peeing on the toilet/toilet seat with our ability to put the seat up or down. What does peeing on the toilet seat have to do with the price of tea in China?! Males who piss on toilets are either a) kids, or b) adults who need to take responsibility for where they aim, and clean up after they miss. This has NOTHING to do with putting the toilet seat up or down. If your kid is pissing with the toilet seat down, yeah, let them know that it's easier to do it with the seat up, but keep in mind...IT'S A KID.
2. Toilet seats weigh what, less than a pound, maybe a little more? A toddler can pick up and drop a seat without any effort. So why is it the male's responsibility to put the toilet seat back down for your convenience, when you have the capability of doing it yourself? It takes the same amount of effort to put it back down as it does to put it up. I understand that when you wonder into the bathroom right when you wake up, that you just want to take a seat and do your business, but you know what? Guys wouldn't mind wondering in and starting to piss before we even get to the bowl, but no, we have to pick up the toilet seat and go through our routine as well.. This is the nature of the beast.
3. WHY DO YOU FREAK OUT ABOUT IT?! I have seen women literally yell at their sons for keeping the toilet seat up. Of all the things to get pissed off at your kids about, it's your laziness as a person that gets you in a tizzy? I feel like this is what turns some kids into whipped playthings for women when they get to be an adult! Calm down, put the toilet seat down, do your business, and move on....it'll be okay, I promise.
Alright, now that I got that out of my system, I have to say that I had the pleasure of growing up with my sister and mother. My sister and I fought like rabid dogs, but she was always chill with stuff like this, and my mother was too. The whole female exceptionalism mentality was never a problem in my household, and I attribute that to my current attitude. I have also lived with other women who never had a problem with this. I always thought this would be an interesting psychological experiment, to figure out why so many women treat this as their kryptonite, while others don't even give it a second thought.
Husbands/brothers/fathers/sons, weigh in! And the few ladies on the board, I'd like to read your input as well!