|Me & my brand new seat!|
Back on 12/02/02, I asked local personalities a simple question; “Why is it expected for guys to lower the toilet seat?” Their answers were posted on www.NudeHippo.com
A decade ago, ERIC ZORN, (CHICAGO TRIBUNE COLUMNIST), wrote:
Because they want their way! Do a mathematical analysis assuming one man, one woman sharing one toilet, assign one "unit of effort" to either raising or lowering the toilet seat upon encountering it and figure
---are the total units of effort expended greater or less if the user leaves the
seat it was in during use, or if the user always makes sure the seat is left down?
---what are the total units of effort expended by women if the seat is always left in the position it was in during use? (hint--if it is always left in the down position, the units of effort for women is zero)
---what are the total units of effort expended by men if the seat is always left in the position of use compared to when it is always left down?
NOTE--you will have to make some assumptions about human ingestion and waste elimination....these may skew your results. Best take a poll first._______________________________________________________________
Why is it expected for guys to lower the toilet seat?
Ten years later, I asked local talent, once again, the same question.
NEW ANSWERS FROM 2012:
RON MAGERS, (WLS-TV ANCHOR):
I think the argument gets convoluted by separating the toilet seat from the lid. I would argue that the lid should always be closed. It looks better, it may inhibit some odors and it prevents anything from falling into the toilet while other functions are being performed in the bathroom.
If we accept that the lid should always be closed and that most lids and seats can be operated as either one unit or two, then the answer is easy.
Both men and women should close the lid. Men will lift the lid and seat together on some occasions and lift only the lid on others, obviously leaving the seat down. Women will open and close just the lid. Either way we are both performing one function, an equal function. We both lift something to use the toilet and we both close something when we’re done.
At least that’s what my wife told me._______________________________________________________________
JOHN RECORDS LANDECKER, (WLS-FM PERSONALITY):
So that beaver falls is only a town in PA._______________________________________________________________
DICK JOHNSON, (WMAQ-TV ANCHOR):
It's simply a matter of self preservation to both abide by my wife's wishes and so I don't fall in if nature calls unexpectedly!_______________________________________________________________
ROB JOHNSON, (WBBM-TV ANCHOR):
Because it would be wrong for an unsuspecting lady to fall in!_______________________________________________________________
RAMBLIN’ RAY STEVENS, (WUSN-FM PERSONALITY):
Men think analytically. Most women (at least the ones in my life) think based on emotion. Depending on the day and emotion that can be good or bad. But I have learned that if I try and think like them my day ends with more smiles._______________________________________________________________
DICK BIONDI, (WLS-FM PERSONALITY):
It’s just a little kindness that we do for our women._______________________________________________________________
Have things changed much in ten years? Here are the original answers from 2002. (Job positions have been updated)
ORIGINAL ANSWERS FROM 2002:
MELISSA FORMAN (WCIU-TV MORNING HOST):
Girls ask guys to lower the toilet seat because we fall in when we don't look! Especially at night when its dark. Its pretty scary._______________________________________________________________
DAVE McBRIDE (RADIO ANCHOR):
So as to maintain non-hostile detente to the degree one might obtain the rare green light to watch a weekend cowboy movie without interruption._______________________________________________________________
JEFF ZASLOW (DECEASED, WALL STREET JOURNALIST):
Guys need to lower the seat or take the heat. Besides, it's just the right thing to do._______________________________________________________________
BILL McCORMICK (NEWS BLOGGER):
Because women are incapable of working something that complex._______________________________________________________________
PAUL KONRAD (WGN-TV METEOROLOGIST):
This is another flaw with the American system. Men for years have catered to women and many have never appreciated it. Let it be known...that I Paul Konrad rarely to never lower the toilet seat for anyone. As a matter of fact I intentionally urinate on the floor and the toilet seat just to further make my point._______________________________________________________________
BOB STROUD (WDRV-FM PERSONALITY):
I quite frankly have never had a girl ask me to take part in any such act. Does this mean I haven't lived?_______________________________________________________________
TERI O'BRIEN (CONSERVATIVE PODCASTER):
The same reason that you put the cap back on the ketchup bottle! Toilet users have a reasonable expectation that a toilet "seat" will be ready for sitting. It's inherent in the identity of the object. As we lawyers would say, res ipsa loquiter (the thing speaks for itself)._______________________________________________________________
ALEXIS DEL CID (KANSAS CITY TV ANCHOR):
For the love of God- Because there is nothing worse than getting up in the middle of the night and sitting down on a toilet with the seat still up! Why is this so difficult for men to understand!?_______________________________________________________________
TRISH BIONDO (WUSN-FM PERSONALITY):
To see if (guys are) listening._______________________________________________________________
Originally posted: May 3, 2012