Thursday, August 30, 2007

What I’ve learned about public restroom sexual etiquette and what I wonder about

I learned this week that there are sexual codes, signals and gestures that pertain to public restrooms.
I learned if a guy is tapping his foot in a public restroom it means he wants to have sex with whomever occupies the adjacent stall.
I learned that men have “stances”. Senator Craig says he has a “wide stance”. So I must assume other men have medium or narrow stances. I’m curious about the standard used to measure such things.

So I’m thinking, are there also sexual codes, signals and gestures for women in public restroom?
If there are, what are they?
I’m kinda worried that I may have signaled to another woman in a public restroom that I wanted to have sex with her and I didn’t even know it


Blogger FranIAm said...

PoP- I stand in awe of you. What a great post and what a great public service you are providing.

Since I am usually preoccupied by the need to go to the bathroom and to get out of the public restroom in some haste, I guess this has never crossed my mind.

That and the fact that although I do have a healthy sexual appetite, I would not think of a public restroom as a path to satisfying them.

Maybe it has something to do with how and where you put your handbag or the way in which you remove your lipstick top and then apply?

Lordy Lordy- I can't wait to find out. Until I do... I'm holding it in!

Maybe it would

August 30, 2007 3:14 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

One must be desperate to "sit in stalls" of public bathrooms for cleanliness reasons, much less to find that "perfect one" to spend the waning moments of a bathroom experience with.

August 30, 2007 3:48 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Jay Leno:
"The Democrats have control of Congress, but the Republicans control the bathrooms."

August 30, 2007 4:34 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

There are rules! I thought they were intuitive, but perhaps not.

Men, avoid sending the wrong signals: Male Restroom Etiquette

August 30, 2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I am with you PoP. I was unaware until this week that that there was more to public restrooms than just minding your business and washing your hands. As much time as I spend in airport bathrooms I must have inadvertently signal monkey business at one time or another.
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all those who may have been offended.

August 30, 2007 5:53 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

It makes me think that it would be nice if homosexual sex wasn't considered so taboo.

It's tough enough to find partners for sex and more, but add the need to learn and remember signalsand it just gets to be too much!

Where we used to live in Illinois, one would have had to learn signals appropriate for hooking up in the various parks and wooded public spaces.

But then, really, those aren't typical homosexual men with the signals and all in public restrooms....are they?

August 30, 2007 6:04 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Isn't it even scarier to think that you may have signaled to some other woman that you want to have sex... then walked out as if nothing had happened?

I mean, if a guy did that to me, I'd be crushed!

That does it. No more public potties for moi.

August 30, 2007 6:29 AM  
Anonymous KathyR said...

How do people know this stuff? Is there a pamphlet you can order?

August 30, 2007 6:44 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

I do most of my bird watching in Bear Creak Park in Houston. Based on the number of solitary men I see driving around, I’ve come to suspect that some are homosexual in search of assignations. I'm always afraid I’m going to scratch my butt and inadvertently give the high sign. Hence forth I will be damned sure not to tap my foot. 

August 30, 2007 6:52 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I walked into a public restroom at a ferry terminal a few weeks ago and saw a woman who had just washed her hair in the sink and was drying it under the hand-dryer. I thought that was weird. Maybe it was a signal.

August 30, 2007 7:07 AM  
Blogger JM said...

In light of these discoveries the old Seinfeld episode where Elaine asks "Can you spare a square?" may now need the "for mature audiences" disclaimer.

August 30, 2007 7:10 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I learned this week that there are sexual codes, signals and gestures that pertain to public restrooms.
I learned if a guy is tapping his foot in a public restroom it means he wants to have sex with whomever occupies the adjacent stall.

I was "educated" right along with you. All this time, I thought tapping your foot meant you couldn't get your pants undone! Now I'm afraid to use any public bathroom. Maybe that Astronaut had the right idea...diapers for the road?:)

August 30, 2007 7:21 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

How strange: In men's bathroms there's no talking, eyes front, do your buisness & get out - except for these new signals. In women's bathrooms to my experience, we chat, we apply lipstick, etc, but no signals that I know. Hmmm ...

Could it be that these GOPerverts have a strong association between sex and bathrooms??? hmmmmm

But then, really, those aren't typical homosexual men with the signals and all in public restrooms....are they?

I just blogged on that!

August 30, 2007 7:21 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

Song for the GOP

with apologies to john fogarty

August 30, 2007 8:33 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I guess I would tell the guys not to listen to their Ipods while in the crapper. A good tune comes on and you may end up with a guy kneeling in front of you.

As far as signals to women...I'm not sure, is asking for toilet paper or a tampon a signal? If so, I've made sexual advantages more times than I want to think. They always run out of toilet paper in the women's johnns!

August 30, 2007 8:38 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Women don't wait until they get in the restroom. For years now, the secret code for I want to have hot sex has been, "I need to powder my nose".


August 30, 2007 10:14 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

literally...i cannot top any of those responses.....

i am laughing my ass off.

there should be a sign on the entrance to the Men's Rooms now


August 30, 2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger dada said...


August 30, 2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Ziem said...

Anj over at Fightin' Mad Chicano Liberal has a play by play of the happenings in the little boys room. I don't think there was much room for a "oops, I didn't mean to kick that wall..."

I don't know if there's any rules in the Ladies room, but personally I use "Come here big boy!" accented with a wink.

August 30, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...


LOL! That explains why women go to the washroom in two's. I guess men prefer to do it with a stranger. ;-)

August 30, 2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

There's a lot of people everywhere confused about this whole thing. I guess it's time for George Michael to write a book.

August 30, 2007 12:17 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

a book, we need a book. i can't afford to give any mistaken signals. people think i'm strange enough as is! ; )

August 30, 2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger Nvisiblewmn said...

Okay, when there is a woman standing there holding her lipstick and staring at you in the mirror, it means, "Wash the hands already and get out of my way." When the woman in the stall next to you starts gagging, that means you might consider altering your diet. I don't know of any related to sex, though. Sorry.

If I'm tapping my foot, that also means I want mirror access for lipstick purposes.

August 30, 2007 2:21 PM  
Blogger James said...

The "wide stance" comment from Craig STILL has me laughing. I've always hated public restrooms. No privacy, they stink and are full of germs. And horny senators I guess!!

The last place I'd like to have sex but then again if you're into risky sex then I guess you're not too worried about picking up the HIV.

August 30, 2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I don't think women think about sex 24/7 the way I hear men do! Maybe that's why I've never heard of women being caught making advances to other women in rest rooms. Plus I think women are less apt to want anonymous sex for the sake of sex alone. Ladies, I don't think we need worry about inadvertant signals. Of course, I may be totally wrong and totally naive.

August 30, 2007 3:29 PM  
Blogger Batocchio said...

Yes, there are signals, POP, and Showtime is already developing a series around it. ;-)

August 30, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...


Oh man...I think about sex 24/7! I think it's because I'm Catholic and sex is supposed to be dirty...makes it a lot more fun that way. That's why we have so many kids. -I guess that makes me a naughty naught girl and a bad naughty girl! Yikes!

August 30, 2007 3:56 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

I guess I am not the only one thats naive and I prefer to keep it that way. I never use public restrooms well almost never and I will never go in tapping my foot or whistling. I wonder what thats worth? I'm sorry this is rather funny!

August 30, 2007 4:05 PM  
Blogger Germaine Gregarious said...

Women don't do that sort of thing in public restrooms. Well, almost never...

August 30, 2007 7:30 PM  
Blogger fashiongirl said...

Just don't hum Melissa Etheridge's "Come to my window" while applying your lipstick...

August 30, 2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

While many of the comments are funny, I guess the topic isn't. It suggests a dark, depraved side to humans, men in particular.

My stance on the issue is widespread disgust.

August 31, 2007 12:27 AM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

Any man that takes a crap in an airport bathroom is a nasty son of a bitch.


After the foot tapping, what happens next?

"Is that Sweet and Sour Pork I smell? Ha ha ha. Seriously though, can I blow you?"

August 31, 2007 7:28 AM  
Blogger Cartledge said...

I have to admit to having some problems urinating in North America (Canada included). As a true blue Aussie bloke I was bought up in a culture where men do not exchange any communications in public lavatories. Obviously some males do elect to communicate, but not us blokes.
Over there - (sounds like a good song title) - I was forever assaulted by conversational urinaters. I'm sure it was all very innocent, but strange....

August 31, 2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

POP...was that you signaling me in that bathroom last week?

September 02, 2007 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm from DC and there was a morning show that talked about girls who did this too, the tapping was the signal for the girls as well and they talked to girls on the phone who have done it. i've never seen or heard of this happening until recently, then again im just trying to pee, wash my hands and get out like i thought everyone else was. it sounded like it was younger girls, teenagers who knew about this code. what the hell? i remember the high school bathrooms & the less time i had to be in there the better, ewww.

September 04, 2007 2:06 PM  

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