I recently had a conversation with a friend about toilet seats: namely, whether men were required, etiquette-wise, to put the toilet seat down after tinkling. I vaguely recalled a good argument in favor of that view, and scoured the internet in search of that (or some similar) argument. I found one such argument (given by “Mr. Manners”, whoever that is) who cited three reasons in favor of hen-pecking wives everywhere:
- Natural State: Since men have to leave the toilet seat down for one (out of two) of their toilet “duties” (no pun intended), and women have to leave the seat down for both of theirs, the natural state of the toilet seat is in the down state.
- Repercussions: If a man tinkles on a toilet seat in the “down” position, at most he will have to clean up a tinkly seat. If a women, alternatively, unknowingly sits down on toilet whose seat is up.…well…need I go on? The consequences in the latter case are a lot more unpleasant.
- Aesthetics: The last reason merely appeals to the fact that a toilet with the seat down is a far nicer site to behold than a toilet with the seat up (and I can surely attest to the “eew” factor of looking at the bottom of a tinkle-spattered toilet seat…nobody needs to look at that).
re you go. I welcome any comments or counter-arguments. Or, alternatively, you could voice your opinion in a poll: