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Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender [Paperback]

Olga Gershenson , Barbara Penner
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July 28, 2009 159213940X 978-1592139408

Public toilets provide a unique opportunity for interrogating how conventional assumptions about the body, sexuality, privacy, and technology are formed in public spaces and inscribed through design across cultures. This collection of original essays from international scholars is the first to explore the cultural meanings, histories, and ideologies of public toilets as gendered spaces.

Ladies and Gents consists of two sets of essays. The first, "Potty Politics: Toilets, Gender and Identity," establishes the importance of accessible, secure public toilets to the creation of inclusive cities, work, and learning environments. The second set of essays, "Toilet Art: Design and Cultural Representations," discusses public toilets as spaces of representation and representational spaces, with reference to architectural design, humor, film, theater, art, and popular culture. Compelling visual materials and original artwork are included throughout, depicting subjects as varied as female urinals, art installations sited in public restrooms, and the toilet in contemporary art.

Taken together, these seventeen essays demonstrate that public toilets are often sites where gendered bodies compete for resources and recognition—and the stakes are high.

Contributors include: Nathan Abrams, Jami L. Anderson, Johan Andersson, Kathryn H. Anthony, Kathy Battista, Andrew Brown-May, Ben Campkin, Meghan Dufresne, Peg Fraser, Deborah Gans, Clara Greed, Robin Lydenberg, Claudia Mitchell, Alison Moore, Frances Pheasant-Kelly, Bushra Rehman, Alex Schweder, Naomi Stead, and the editors.


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"Thoughtful analysis of the place of toilets in modern culture and psyche has often been as hard to find as a decent public convenience in any major Western city. Ladies and Gents is a timely and educational addition to the unheralded and hitherto sorely neglected field of toilet studies."
Rose George, author of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

Book Description

Public toilets provide a unique opportunity for interrogating how conventional assumptions about the body, sexuality, privacy, and technology are formed in public spaces and inscribed through design across cultures. This collection of original essays from international scholars is the first to explore the cultural meanings, histories, and ideologies of public toilets as gendered spaces.

Ladies and Gents consists of two sets of essays. The first, "Potty Politics: Toilets, Gender and Identity," establishes the importance of accessible, secure public toilets to the creation of inclusive cities, work, and learning environments. The second set of essays, "Toilet Art: Design and Cultural Representations," discusses public toilets as spaces of representation and representational spaces, with reference to architectural design, humor, film, theater, art, and popular culture. Compelling visual materials and original artwork are included throughout, depicting subjects as varied as female urinals, art installations sited in public restrooms, and the toilet in contemporary art.

Taken together, these seventeen essays demonstrate that public toilets are often sites where gendered bodies compete for resources and recognition—and the stakes are high.

Contributors include: Nathan Abrams, Jami L. Anderson, Johan Andersson, Kathryn H. Anthony, Kathy Battista, Andrew Brown-May, Ben Campkin, Meghan Dufresne, Peg Fraser, Deborah Gans, Clara Greed, Robin Lydenberg, Claudia Mitchell, Alison Moore, Frances Pheasant-Kelly, Bushra Rehman, Alex Schweder, Naomi Stead, and the editors.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159213940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592139408
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read April 21, 2012
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This is a timely interdisciplinary take on an oft- ignored subject. The contributors bring a plethora of perspectives and knowledge to illuminate something seemingly mundane yet fundamental to all our spaces and experiences. Enjoyed the journey. It will certainly be on my reading list for the students!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and Gents August 4, 2009
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Excellent initiativ from Olga and Barbara
Book consist of many papars written by many authors.
Fantastic referance list after each paper.
I liked most Alison Moore in Colonial Vision of "Third World" Toilets.
and i liked least feministic approach to humanity problem in few papers.
Just to recomend to all who like to learn more obout development of civilization from other angle.
Shiva
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rolling In March 11, 2011
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I was disappointed to find only one review of this book by a reader, and one that is quite apparently that of a close friend on a first name basis with the editors. Such items are inherently useless to post and unhelpful to readers. The lack of any other reader's comments might be a strong indication that this book is not worth the time or price. Instead, Molotch and Noren's Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, well received by independent reviewers, is likely to be the better choice.
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