Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

Today is World Toilet Day and pictured above is Lines Napolo from Malawi. She told WaterAid that she has to use a toilet outside where sometimes men stare at her.

If you believe that no woman should have to face the Male Gaze while engaged in bodily functions, please share her photo and donate a Facebook status message and a tweet on Twitter here.

“1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Sanitation would make 1.25 billion women’s lives safer and healthier.”



  1. hearthrising · ·

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention Cathy.

  2. I wonder what trans activists have to say about this. I guess they’d say these third-world women are bigoted for wanting female-only bathrooms?

      1. By the way, I wanted to ask you, do you know a blog called Radical Transfeminist?

      2. LOL. I do, I’ve seen it. I can’t remember the name of the guy who does it though.

      3. I thought the entry about sex-positive and sex-negative on there was great, so I linked to it on my blog and gave my own exposition of it. Ey commented that I got it all wrong (but never told me how I got it wrong) and that I should shut up and only reproduce what women say (I didn’t note the irony at the time…). I told em that I don’t simply regurgitate what people say, that one of the aims of my blog is to integrate many strands of radical thought and unite them in various ways, so I offered to simply forget what ey wrote and never visit eir blog again, which ey told me to do…

        I felt very bad at first because ey made me guilty, as if I was butting somewhere I wasn’t supposed to, but now that I think about it… it seems rather silly. Not to mention that the interpretative schema ey complained I was using, was written by a radfem, to begin with… I don’t want to be a bigot, but the fact that it was a transgender person doing it, I can’t help thinking, you know…

      4. He’s a man. Yes, irony.

      5. It’s just weird that I was being intimidated by a socialized-male transgender person (which of course is a very man thing) to not analyze eir articles or any other woman’s articles. For a MTF, ey sure doesn’t like “womanly” attributes.

      6. what is “ey,” is that the new pronoun for men?

      7. Nah, it’s just the gender-neutral I use when I don’t know or care what the other person’s gender is (e.g. transgender people, in the latter case).

      8. You’re a nice person, FT.

      9. Not enough, but I try.

  3. Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn and commented:
    World Toilet Day, Dignity.

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