Women, Facing Closed Bathrooms and Fearing the Virus, Embrace Peeing Outside
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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. Perhaps during a year with so much upheaval, being demure about our bodily functions feels stupid.
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