So-called eco-friendly outdoor urinals have been installed in Paris, dampening the City of Lights. Mayor Ariel Weil explained their installation, saying, “If we don’t do anything, then men are just going to pee in the streets.”
Have the Parisian men evolved to have smaller bladders?
Gwendoline Coipeult, a member of a French feminist group Femmes Solidaires, has gone as far as to call these installations “sexist”. She argues that “They have been installed on a sexist proposition: men cannot control themselves and so all of society has to adapt. The public space must be transformed to cause them minimum discomfort.”
Not only are these public toilets ‘babying’ an entire gender, they are also being propagated as an eco-friendly necessity for major cities. They have been installed in other European cities like Amsterdam and London—but there has been little evidence of any environmental impact.
This immodest display of government involvement has ruined an otherwise beautiful and historic city.