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meagenimage
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
If a toilet user needs the seat to be down and they find it up, all they have to do is lower it.

If a toiler user needs the seat to be up and they find it down, all they have to do is lift it.

Honestly, people, it's not rocket science.
haibane_rachan
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well fuck. I just wrote this awesome, scientificy reply to this stating why their "research" is flawed, but Livejournal ate it with an error and Firefox didn't bring me back to my copy when I hit the back button. :o(((( I am such a sad little panda right now.

At any rate, the short version is this: Men are used to changing seat position. Women aren't. Therefore, we fall in when you guys leave it up. Seriously. Had that happen more than once in my life. Sucks. You guys aren't harmed at all by leaving it always in the down position, but we are harmed if you leave it in the up position. Sure, we could check, but we've never had to before and that would be a LOT of falling into yucky toilet water until we learned to look before sitting. I mean, lifelong processes like this are hard to rewrite.

So yeah, the "research" is flawed because they don't take this cost for the female into account.
brentdax
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sure, we could check, but we've never had to before

How many girls grew up in a house without any men around?

lifelong processes like this are hard to rewrite.

I could say the same thing for the men—they've never had to worry about where to put the seat when they finished.

Although you do have a point about the falling-in thing—he should probably factor in the probability and cost of that happening.
chiave_trust
Jun. 27th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
"How many girls grew up in a house without any men around?"

The relevant statement is "How many girls had to share a bathroom with a man in some fashion". There are things such as the girls use one bathroom in the house and the guys another, and so the girls grow up obviously not used to having to look first.
chiave_trust
Jun. 28th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
...there is, however, something to be said for papers that use game theory to try and make sense out of this.
haibane_rachan
Jun. 28th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
How many girls grew up in a house without any men around?

Many, now. Single mothers, anyone? But how many guys grow up without any women around? I say again, they are used to putting the toilet seat back down.

I could say the same thing for the men—they've never had to worry about where to put the seat when they finished.

Except that would be a lie.

Although you do have a point about the falling-in thing—he should probably factor in the probability and cost of that happening.

I still think that trumps any other minor inconvenience. XD
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