Pissing: To stand or sit. The great debate

Pissing: To stand or sit. The great debate

The online retailer, Baby Steps, has recently come under fire for their selling and promotion of a urinal potty set for boys. The controversial advert reads: “Don’t Let Your Boy Pee Like A Girl! “Grow your Boy like a MEN!”

We at GMJ would like to first point out that we highly disagree with the obvious sexism from this company, as it has no value outside of shaming and harming both girls and boys.

But, this is a great opportunity to discuss the big deal between sitting and standing to take a whiz.

The penis, that wonderful marvel of biological invention, also is a great way to relieve your bladder while standing. Boys all over the world have aimed their dicks at everything from the inside of a toilet to trees, rocks, bottles or anything that could be made to resemble a bullseye (including each other). Accuracy, unfortunately, is not always the name of the game. Visit any men’s room in the world and you will notice large amounts of piss everywhere, except inside of the urinal. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not as easy to urinate standing up as you would think. Some medical reasons are discussed here.

  1. The urethra opening. This is where urine exits the body and due to many factors, piss streams may double and split. This includes medical defects and even maladjustments, to and around, your dick head and even from sitting too long or the types of underwear you have on. Most of all, you won’t even know if your stream will move left, right, up or down, until you start to piss. And by then, its too late.
  2. Aim. Most guys have “piss poor” accuracy, (which is why we support a urinal potty) and many, especially in public places, just don’t care where their urine splashes. It takes practice and concentration for most, but not all, guys to always hit the mark. Yes, we know some of you have truly mastered the Art of the Piss.  Your vids are all over Xtube, but the average guy does not put as much practice into his work.

Numerous studies have been presented to show that there are certain health benefits to guys sitting instead of standing when pissing. These fall into two (2) types.

Individual health: If you have issues voiding your bladder (taking a piss) sitting down may assist you in fully emptying your load. Recently, there seems to be a large amount of stress placed on males sitting to piss verses standing, for various reasons. Many have tried to justify the shift as a logical health measure, saying it’s better for men’s prostates (and hence our sex lives) and more natural for our musculature. A robust body of scientific literature seems to say that’s all bunk, though, save for men with enlarged prostates.”This is total bullsh**,” says Benjamin Davies, an associate professor of urology at the University of Pittsburgh “There is no relationship between voiding and sex life. I haven’t the slightest idea why it would improve your prostate. If you are a normal male your prostate muscles relax while you urinate.”

Community health: The pungent smell of piss is usually considered the calling card of an unsanitary establishment. The smell and sight of urine being on the floor and even walls of public toilets, many believe, causes the spread of disease and illness. But where does this idea come from? Dr. Stephen Soifer, Chair of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and an expert on paruresis (shy bladder syndrome) who spends a lot of time observing bathroom design and habits, the great unifying factor of the movement (which he thinks really hit critical mass about six years ago) is the issue of cleanliness and men’s messy splash backs.

But, “urine is actually sterile,” says Davies . “There is no bacteria in it. You can drink urine.”  So, you can tip-toe past the puddles to keep your shoes from getting wet, but don’t get concerned about catching some illness or disease as none are transmitted through piss.

As Vice.com concluded,

Bottom line: Completely healthy men experience no benefit by sitting to urinate instead of standing. Some conditions might mean it is easier for a man to fully empty his bladder if he sits down, but for the vast majority there is no difference between sitting and standing. However, some cultures prefer to sit rather than stand—almost half of all Japanese men sit to urinate. Davies believes that sitting is a cultural or psychological preference, not a health issue. “If you are tired,” he says, “go ahead and sit.

”NOTE: We at GMJ believe the people who benefit the most from males sitting to pee, are those who have to clean up the mess.

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