gender in bathroomdoors

take any random best seller out of the psycho-esoteric corner of any random major bookstore and read about men being from saturn and women being from uranus or some equivalent bullshit. we have also learned, that men are less motivated hand washers and less secure drivers that women are,…

as they say, there may be some truth in every stereotype.
but here’s something that cought my attention: the bathroom door @ kleines cafe. besides all the things we know about differences in male and female bathroom usage we now face the question: do man push doors open violently while women use the handle? at least the observation is better founded than the things about shoes, planets and the way people park their cars.

5 Comments so far

  1. nex (unregistered) on April 14th, 2005 @ 11:52 pm

    the handle theory sounds plausible, but obviously you should have stayed around for a couple of hours to make observations.

  2. crackerjack (unregistered) on April 15th, 2005 @ 8:30 am

    Maybe the size of the batch might be a matter of frequency rather than violence. Since using the handles in such a place is, hm, uncomfortable, it might only say that more men than women use the toilets in there. It definitely says that the restrooms in this location need renovation.

  3. hinterhalt (unregistered) on April 15th, 2005 @ 12:17 pm

    @ nex: saying around kleines cafe has always put me in a state of mind in which observing is inpossible:)

  4. nex (unregistered) on April 15th, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

    i see. if it’s the kind of place where you get seriously drunk, then maybe crackerjack is on to something; maybe men are more likely to choose large amounts of beer (as opposed to drinks that have more alcohol in less volume of beverage) and thus have to pee a lot more often. but maybe it’s that women are more likely to be bothered by dirt/fingerprints on doors and/or the chore of removing those, thus more likely to use a door handle even when it’s less convenient. or maybe men are more likely to avoid the handle because they are aware of what their gender mates were touching just before not washing their hands. this issue is so important, it has to be investigated in full detail.

  5. mart (unregistered) on April 16th, 2005 @ 11:07 am

    i’m with crackerjack.

    i was in the bathroom 14 times one night @ shelter, 21 to 4 o’clock… :P

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