in Adventures in the men's bathroom : A female perspective
I too worked for a grocery store
while in high school
and had to clean the bathroom
s. But this was a nearly regular task for me. I DREADED
cleaning the women's bathroom. They were both small and neither was exceptionally clean, but usually the smell
of the women's restroom made me want to puke
. On several occasions I had to take breaks while cleaning it just to breathe. I don't know how to describe the smell, but I don't think I'll ever forget it.
While working there I talked to some of the girls I worked with that also had to clean the bathrooms. They told similar tales, but of the reverse! To them the smell of the men's restroom was the more repulsive. I think they were just used to the smell of the women's bathroom, because there is no way the men's smelled worse than that. :) Just kidding. I think it was a case of what we were used too. Us guys were not used to the women's bathroom smell and the girls were not used to the men's bathroom smell. They were probably both equally repulsive.
Also one time when I broke into the school I checked out the girls locker room and was amazed. They had walls between toilets and walls in the showers, but strangely enough it did have a urinal. Our locker room was bigger, but lacked walls for any kind of privacy. It was the same story in the school's restrooms, they had doors on the bathroom stalls the guys had none.
All this leads me to believe maybe men's lack of respect for a bathroom is learned from the fact that we aren't given anything nice to begin with. And when we do have something nice (like stall doors) rather than teaching respect for them when somebody doesn't take care of them they are just taken away.