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Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up

pee  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up peeHey girls: Have you ever been jealous that, unlike your male companions, you can’t pee standing up? Public peeing for people with penises is generally no big deal. There’s no sitting involved, no squatting; no dirty toilet seats to deal with and no pulling one’s pants down to one’s ankles. [1] But, baring your bootie during inclement weather, or through multiple layers and a climbing harness can be a total pisser when trying to take one. Great female outdoors lovers and wild jungle adventurers confirms this fact: “the one area that I am continuously envious of is the male ability to pee while standing,” Kitty Jenkin told The Guardian. [3]  Filthy rest-stop restrooms have never been an issue for men, whereas women have had to hover precariously or mummify the seat. Anna Holmes from Jezbel confess: “The only time we’ve felt penis envy is while peeing at, you know, rock festivals or in campgrounds or any place where there are 1) no bathrooms or 2) disgusting PortaPotties.” [12]   Fortunately for women these hard times may now belong to the past. The Web  been barraged in recent months with press releases from companies who claim to have solved an age-old problem for women adventurers: How to pee standing up–without sacrificing cleanliness, frostbite, or time futzing with harness buckles while climbing big mountains. [2] Whether called a female urination device, female urination aid, stand-to-pee device or portable urination device, they all do the same thing — allow a woman to pee while standing, without removing her clothes. They vary in size, shape and materials, but the general concept of the portable urination device is pretty consistent across the board: a funnel which can be placed over the vaginal area to catch and direct urine. Some are hard plastic. Some are silicone. Some are paper and disposable. Some even replicate the male organ, for transgendered men still in transition. [14] This blossoming category of gear seemed too comical to be true, but one female mountain guide, Molly Loomis of Exum Mountain Guides stepped up to the plate and agreed to dig deep into the world of “she-nises” (her words) Over the course of six months, from desert canyons to the tops of snowy peaks, she and her team of three intrepid women mastered the art of peeing while standing. Then she listed the seven devices they tested, listed in order of performance. [2]  As Slate proclaimed it: “Go home, everyone. We’ve solved the confidence gap.” [13] But dont set your hopes too high, “Pissing into a funnel is not as easy as they make it sound,”  Vice reporter Kara Crabb tells us. [7]

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This isn’t a new concept. Historically, in many cultures women would stand to urinate. Changes in societal norms and women’s clothing all but eliminated that practice in the 20th century though — particularly in Western cultures. Therefore, as early as 1922 portable urination devices for females were patented in the U.S. Recently the market has been flooded with various devices, as they are being marketed to everyone from avid outdoorswomen and female service members, to on-the-go women who don’t want to be bothered with worrying about the cleanliness of the nearest bathroom. They are particularly popular in Europe, where most of the devices on the market originate from. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the brands available, with their pros and cons.

The P-Mate

p-mate-pmate-portable-disposable-urinating-device-for-women-sample-to-try-5350-p  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up p mate pmate portable disposable urinating device for women sample to try 5350 pThe The P-Mate, a simple, ingenious little waxed-paper device designed to allow women to urinate while standing up and while wearing pants, skirts, dresses… whatever. Think of it as a lime-green colored surrogate penis that resembles a paper airplane. Anyway, lucky for us, a blogger named Rachel Walden gave the P-Mate a test drive, and conducted three tests — in zippered jeans, a long skirt, and while drunk! — and had a pretty easy time in each instance. In fact, mastering the point ‘n shoot was easier than she thought it would be! [12] “I relaxed and thought of all the times I’ve seen men go, and that seemed to cause me to automatically assume the correct position,” she writes. (According to the image above left, the “correct position” includes placing a manly-fist on one hip?) No word from Rachel, however, on whether the P-Mate demands an end of pee shake-off… and we’ve kinda always wanted to mimic that! [12]

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Stand Up

stand-up  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up stand upThe ground zero for the remaking of gender relations will be the bathroom, and the instrument will be the Stand Up, “your first disposable, biodegradable, clutch-purse-fittable, pocket-slippable peeing accessory.” [14] A San Francisco-based company has created “Stand Up”, a “peeing device” that allows women to relieve themselves while standing up, just like men. This simple device promises to provide women with a convenient solution when faced with dirty public toilets—not only is it hygienic and biodegradable, but it would also fit easily into a purse or even a slim pocket.  According to the makers of Stand Up, users would simply have to unfold it, squeeze it to create a cone-shaped structure, before placing it in front of the crotch to start using it. Designed to help “women keep their distance from the mess and feel the freedom to go anytime, anywhere”, the Stand Up is priced from US$6 for a pack of six.  You can purchase this innovative device here. [6]  A hot magenta triangle that funnels your pee into the toilet without requiring you to sit down, the Stand Up is perpendicular pee origami. “We’d overheard your voices countless times through the cracks in the stalls of public restrooms before we realized there was a solution,” explains the website. “‘This toilet is disgusting!’ “Never mind, I’ll hold it.’ ‘I wish I could just stand up!’ We knew our world needed an update.” [14]

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Go Girls

go-girls  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up go girlsThe Go Girl is made of super pliable silicone, so if folds down tiny — into a case the size of a pill bottle. This makes it discreet and easy to carry, but the pliable silicone gives the device a large learning curve. The Go Girl comes in two colors, hot pink and khaki — for the girls out in the field. [14] Yes, it packs down to the size of a small bottle of aspirin, but one BackPacker.com tester’s misaiming misadventures provided comic relief for her friends on a long day of ice climbing. Downer: It works fine if you’re willing to pull down your pants and position it—but that defeats the purpose when you’re roped up in a raging blizzard. $10; .8 oz.; go-girl.com [2]

Blitz Specialty Funnel

2023-0686-2  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up 2023 0686 2If you want to go super low-rent, you can get a Blitz/Multipurpose Funnel from your local auto parts store.  [2] Forget about splashy marketing materials and girly shades of pink: For price and ease of use, this plastic funnel from the auto parts store can’t be beat. (Plus, a trip to the auto parts store will jumpstart your inner testosterone, which will come in handy when using these devices.) [2]  They function roughly the same as all of the fancy ones specifically made for women but for a fraction of the cost. The funnel is pretty long and the plastic is hard though, so it may take up more space in your bag than you are willing to dedicate. [14]   The wide mouth, angled cup and long funnel make doing your business a breeze. And the hard, plastic material means it’s easy to place and hold firm. Even through a harness, down pants, and multiple under layers, the testers from BackPacker.com were able to aim and fire in just seconds. Downer: It’s bulky to pack. $2; 1.3 oz. [2]

Lady J

little-john-lady-j  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up little john lady jMarketed for women in the armed services and pilots, the Lady J provides a great middle ground between the Freshette and the Blitz. [2] The Lady-J has a large cup and short spout, and is made of malleable plastic which makes it easy to pack. It’s designed as an adapter for the Little John portable urinal, which is why the spout is so short. The large cup makes for collection ease, but without the collection urinal, the short spout can cause a few dribbles. [14]  This is what the tester from BackPacker.com had to say about it: “On a backcountry ski trip through a thick blizzard in the Tetons, I was in no mood to expose my butt; the Lady J was quick and easy to use. But, when it comes to spouts, bigger really is better, and I wish this one were a tad longer.” $10; .5 oz.; (480) 391-9959 ((no website, but it is available from several online retailers)) [2]

She Wee

shewee  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up sheweeLike the Freshette, the She Wee’s slimmed down design makes it ideal for weight conscious climbers and backpackers.[2] The marketing on the She Wee is great: It comes in a discreet carrying box, is available in three different colors, has a detachable funnel for storage, and heck they even sell “X-Front” underpants to make placement a breeze. It has a small cup though, which can make collection a little less precise. [14]  One BackPacker.com tester made a small ditty sack for it that she kept clipped to her harness while on long, multi-pitch climbs in Red Rocks. Downer: Small mouth and cup takes more practice than most. $12; .6 oz.; sheweeusa.com [2]

Whiz Freedom

whiz-freedom  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up whiz freedomLightweight and malleable end up being the pros and cons of this device. It has a small, shallow mouth which can hinder collection. It’s antibacterial though, and has water-repelling qualities which make clean-up a snap. [14] Whiz Freedom’s lightweight and malleable design is intriguing, as is the sparkly pink storage pouch. But the pliable plastic combined with a small, shallow mouth leaves too much room for icky errors. This what the tester from BackPacker.com had to say about it: “I wish I had spent more time practicing at home before venturing out on a backcountry ski without a dry pair of long underwear,” she said. Downer: Tough to use in a hurry. $25; .5 oz.; whizfreedom.com [2]

Travel Mate

Travelmate  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up TravelmateWith the slogan, “No More Tush in the Bush” and a graphic set of instructions on proper placement, the Travel Mate is good for a few laughs. It’s wicked light and packable, but because its cup is so small and narrow—about 75 percent smaller than the other devices— it’s finicky to use. In fact, we were plagued by leaks when the testers from BackPacker.com  tried it, so it never made it beyond the bathroom walls. Downer: You reach a certain point and say, “How much time do I really want to spend practicing this?” $8; .3 oz.; whenyagottago.com

 

Freshette Sports/Travel Package

freshette  Some New Gadgets on the Market Allows Women to Level the Gender Gap by Peeing Standing Up freshetteThe Freshette has a large mouth, a long funnel and is hard plastic, which equates to simple use. It may not be as easy to pack and conceal, but it has a high likelihood of minimal dribbles. You can also get attachable collector bags, which would allow for use in areas with no restrooms at all (road trip, anyone?).  [14] Many testers from the Web Magazine BackPack.com favored the Freshette above all others while climbing big mountains in Antarctica and walls in Yosemite. It let them stay clipped in and on the move, no matter the weather or the company, and because of it’s size, shape, and structure, it was the most foolproof and efficient of all the devices. “I admit, the concept took some getting used to,” said one tester. [2] “But once I got past the weirdness factor, it was easy: Just unzip your fly (or move your clothing away) and place the plastic “trough” firmly in position. Aim the spout at your target and….ahhhh. [2] Caution: Don’t try this on a peak without practicing at home—proper technique is critical. And whatever you do, keep your back to the wind at all costs! $24; 5 oz.; freshette.com  [2]


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[1] Nora Crotty, Learning to Pee Standing Up: One Woman’s Journey, Yahoo News, July 22, 2015
[2] Molly Loomis, Gear Review: Female Urination Devices, BackPacker, September 7, 2014 at 1:09 am
[3] Kitty Jenkin, Amazon field post: ‘I’m so envious of men’s ability to pee standing up’, The Guardian, Friday 16 January 2015 14.05 GMT
[4] Girls Try To Pee Standing Up For The First Time, Buzzfeed,  Jan. 12, 2015, at 8:10 p.m.
[7] Kara Crabb, I Learned How to Pee like a Man, Vice, November 2, 2012
[12] Anna Holmes, How To Pee Standing Up, Jezbel, 7/03/07 11:01am
[13] Katy Waldman, Feminism Worked: Now You Can Pee Like a Man, Slate, 2014/04/25
[14] Rebecca Bahret, What you need to know about portable urinating devices, All Parenting, May 29, 2014 8:00 AM

 

About Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace is a self-fashioned writter, a computer programmer and cybermarketer from Quebec City, Canada who decided to enter the political arena after his disillusionment with the socialist system under which he was living in the French Canadian province of Quebec.

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