Wednesday, November 17, 2010
(Author's warning: The website hawking today's Stupid Product includes a video YouTube has flagged due to questionable content. I was questioning whether to add it anyway, so no loss. Watch at your own risk. Also, this blog post contains the word "penis" which I don't think is a problem, as that is the correct term for that part of the male body. If you think the word is obscene, feel free to replace it in your mind with whatever word you normally use. Just be sure to giggle like an 11 year old after you do that.)
Folks, I've spent every day of my life as a woman. 9 months in the womb, I was a ball of womanhood just waiting to be born. Prior to that, well, my beliefs tell me I was a woman then, too. I have never been ashamed of this fact. Being a woman is something I very much enjoy, and no man on earth will ever manage to make me feel less than for it.
So ladies, I would appreciate it if you didn't try to bring me down, either.
By "ladies," I'm thinking specifically of the women involved in the making of today's Stupid Product, the Stand2Pee Instructional Video. This is a product produced by women and marketed by women on the presumption that most women are not happy with what nature gave them in the urination department. Here's a snippet from their website (grammatical errors left in because I'd get a hand cramp typing [sic] that many times):
The ability to pee standing up is a skill most women have wished they could do at various times in their life. Most women gave up this dream as a toddler when attempting to copy a boy, it ended miserably and your mother chastised you by saying only boys can do that.
Ah, the tortured dreams of every three year old girl resurrected in a snap by a $20 DVD. Yes, ladies, your mothers stomped on your hopes and forced you to become less than every man, but you too can rise to your peeing potential!
You know, there's a phrase for the phenomenon they're describing there. It's called penis envy, and it came from the debunked and cocaine infused theories of one Sigmund Freud. As a psychology major, I must learn Freudian theory as a cautionary tale, a stepping stone to psychological theories based on true, peer reviewed research. As a woman, I must work hard not to vomit on my shoes as I learn it. I am no fan of Freud, unless we're talking about the character on "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."
When I was three, I'm pretty sure I dreamed of being Wonder Woman. I don't remember ever wanting to urinate while standing, and I can't think of many instances in my life when I've felt God dealt me an unfair hand because I have to sit or squat. Now hear this: Sarah Clark is okay with the sitting and the squatting. (Add that sentence to the list of things I never thought I'd say...DONE!)
Taking a gander at the website's FAQs, I see that someone has wondered why she can't just learn this skill on her own and avoid paying for a DVD to show her how. The response to this? That would be as ill advised as a person teaching herself how to fly an airplane. AN AIRPLANE! The maker of this video has elevated herself to the level of a flight instructor. She also points out that the video doesn't only teach the technical skills. It also helps break down the psychological barriers a woman faces in learning upright urination. Please see my thoughts two paragraphs up about what this woman does not understand about psychology.
If you're a woman interested in learning this skill, feel free to fork over the cash, but I'm telling you, you only need to goof around in a shower a few times to see how easy it actually is. Not that I've done that... More than anything, I want women to know that we're a-ok the way we are. You don't have to be ashamed of your equipment, no matter how much the (and I quote the website) "pre-eminent global expert on Stand2Pee" thinks you should.
(Thanks to Jenn R. of Chubbuck, ID, for today's Stupid Product idea. I'd like to also thank Jenn for helping me to realize there is a real place in my country named Chubbuck. I can die happy now.)
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