Monday, January 16, 2012

The land down under your pants

One of Australia's top ten universities, Macquarie University in Sydney, has determined that it must undergo a campaign to instruct people in the proper way to use a toilet:
Posters put up by the university show a person standing on the toilet seat and squatting over the bowl with a line through it. Another crossed-out image shows a person squatting on the floor.

Students are taught how to use sanitary bins, how to flush the toilet and wash their hands in other parts of the diagram under the heading: Protecting each other, use of female toilets.
It is amazing how, even in the 21st Century, most countries are terribly behind in proper hygiene. Diarrhea kills more children than warfare and disease. Even in allegedly civilized countries like the United States and Great Britain, we suffer from outdated toilets flushing into centuries old sewer systems that routinely discharge untreated waste into freshwater, unintentionally or otherwise.

Last year I purchased The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, and it has quickly become one of my favorite books. The importance involving defecation and how we deal with it is poo-pooed by the powers that be, yet it has a monumental impact on our health and sanitation. Even the most developed parts of the world are living with 19th century toilet standards. As mentioned before, less developed countries are knee deep, figuratively and literally, in shit.

It is important that people begin to realize the importance of dealing with fecal and urinary waste. Defecation is perhaps the last and greatest taboo of the world, even more than sex. And if you ask me, that's a load of crap.

1 comment:

Gorilla Bananas said...

In what way do the 19th century sewers need to be upgraded? From what I understand, the Victorian sewers built in London were pretty efficient at getting the job done.