Battle Of The Sexes: The Toilet Seat Debate
The battle of the bathroom between the sexes has raged since 1927 when Tom Bradney invented the toilet seat. The question:
Should The Toilet Seat Be Left Up Or Down?
Women argue that it should always be left down because they don’t want to have to look before they sit down. They say that because men stand in front of the toilet and have to aim they are required to look down so the onus is on them to notice if the seat is up or down and adjust accordingly. Men more often than not acquiesce to the ladies in their lives and leave the toilet seat down only to find themselves getting in more trouble when a few drops end up on the seat because they can’t be bothered to raise the seat before relieving themselves or to check the seat for drops after the fact. When this happens the argument starts right back up because the man’s point of view is that he wouldn’t have gotten the seat sprinkled if it hadn’t been down in the first place.
Guys, I know that essentially the female side of this debate boils down to a reality which finds them walking into the bathroom backwards, never actually looking at the toilet before sitting down. Unfortunately, though I don’t agree with their logic, I have to side with the ladies here. The seat should be left down. Here’s why:
Why The Seat Should Be Left Down
The seat should be left down. It isn’t because I am choosing to pander to women. It isn’t because, mathematically speaking, it needs to be down more often than up – as men need to sit on the toilet sometimes too. It is for a much simpler reason. The seat has to be down in order for the lid to be down too.
“Wait, what?” you’re asking as your jaw sits agape staring at the screen uncomprehendingly. Yes, you should be not only lowering the seat each time you use the facilities but lower the lid too!
Why The Lid Should ALWAYS Be Left Down
It is simple science really. When The Atlantic interviewed microbiologist Dr Charles P. Gerba he told them that toilets have an aerosol effect when flushed. An aerosol effect. That means that whatever particles are in the toilet are being sprayed OUT of the toilet into the rest of the bathroom every time you flush.
The article I read quoted Dr Gerba saying that when you flush with the lid open “[d]roplets are going all over the place — it’s like the Fourth of July.” Think of what goes on in and what is put into the toilet in your house on a regular basis. Now think about all the things you leave out in your bathroom: cups, toothbrushes, bar soap, hair brushes, books, magazines, and the list goes on. Think about the air you’re breathing every time you flush. Would you like there to be more or less particles from your toilet sprayed up your nose, into your mouth, and onto your stuff you use to keep yourself clean? I choose less thanks very much.
The beauty with my solution, ladies and gentleman, is that it is more sanitary. As well, the ladies won’t ever have to worry about falling in and getting their posterior wet because they didn’t look before they sat down and men don’t have to feel like they’re losing this battle. My solution is elegant in its simplicity and beautiful because nobody wins at the same time as everybody wins! The problem has always been that men aren’t trained as children to put the seat down when they’re done and women aren’t trained as kids to check the seat before sitting down. This takes the whole discussion out of the men versus women arena and brings it to a unisex solution that benefits everyone from a sanitary perspective.
You’re welcome humanity.
Men’s & Women’s Bathroom Sign Images from Microsoft Office