This urinal, shaped like a woman’s mouth, was located near Vienna’s national opera in Austria. But it won’t be there much longer–politicians have demanded its removal because they think it is sexist.
“We think that it’s tasteless, misogynistic and offensive,” Marianne Lackner, media spokeswoman for the Vienna Department of Women’s Affairs told The Associated Press.
But according to this Yahoo news piece, the urinals have been around for 3 years. So, why all the fuss now?
Apparently, a McDonalds in Amsterdam also had a few of these urinals, and was also pressured to remove them back in July of this year. And Virgin Air was forced to scrap plans in 2004 to install two of these urinals at John F. Kennedy airport after complaints.
They are the work of Dutch woman Meike van Schijndel. She is the designer at the Utrecht-based firm Bathroom Mania. Speaking to Expatica in 2004, she said the urinals were designed as a fun cartoon mouth and not as a woman’s mouth.
She stressed that the idea her urinals represented a man peeing into a woman’s mouth never occurred to her, nor to many men and women she had spoken to. Her company was inundated with orders after the Virgin Airlines controversy, Van Schijndel said
Come on, these are funny. And since when is art suppost to conform to political correctness? By its very nature, art is meant to push boundaries and provoke thought. If a creation does that, shouldn’t it be considered a success rather than over the line?
Maybe they should just even the score and put a male mouth in the women’s bathroom………….