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Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender

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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

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Talking about toilets—in all their material, social, symbolic and discursive complexity

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159213940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592139408
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another reviewer has posted an unjust rating and comment that advocates a different book on the same subject on the grounds that there was only one review and it contained a biased endorsement because it referred to the editors by their first names.

This negative review is absurd because there is no indication the reviewer has read the book or any part of it, the reference by another reviewer to the editors by their first names indicates nothing about their familiarity with one another socially and most likely reflects an unfamiliarity with our local scholarly conventions of last-name author identification (college freshmen, for example, often make this mistake), and the number of reviews a book has received has no correlation with its scholarly merits or the readability of its prose. Most importantly, the editors of the book that this reviewer pans ARE the authors, along with ten others, who are collected in the book that this reviewer recommends instead. A quick check of the "Contents" page will confirm this assertion. No, I do not know these authors personally or professionally, and I have not read either book in full, apart from the very literate and interesting introduction of the book in question. Perhaps you will find their opening salvo that "public toilets are among the very few openly segregated spaces in contemporary Western culture" as intriguing as I did.
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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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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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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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