Thursday, February 11, 2016

Defining Sitzpinkler

For Americans, and I suspect a fair number of non-Germans.....it won't make much sense after I explain the term.....so pause and try to think German in this case.

A Sitzpinkler.....is a guy who has taken to the habit of urinating while sitting.  It doesn't matter if it's at work.....at the train-station....at the airport.....while shopping.....or in the pleasure of his own home.  He sits and urinates upon the toilet.....rather than stand.

Where this comes from?  No one talks of the origin much in Germany.  The general belief (at least from me)....is that when out-houses started to disappear around the beginning of 1900s.....men and women had to share an indoor bathroom.  Guys naturally had been standing for thousands of years and German women quickly put great value upon an interior bathroom, and the floor around it.  So a guy happening to "miss" (even just a little) and leaving an tiny bit of urine on the tile-floor....it was a bad thing.

As years passed, German women (in my humble opinion) opted for direct authority, and established boundaries.  This boundary thing meant that a guy had to cooperate and sit when he urinated.

A number of German guys are particular and feel insulted when this thing comes up.  When their associates discuss their habits and it gets brought up that they are Sitzpinkler-guys.....well....it's an insult to the normal guy who stands.  He'll let the Sitzpinkler associate know that.  

Last year (2015), some legal case in Germany came to an end....over a renter and damages assessed against the guy.  The basis of the mess?  The landlord said that the non-Sitzpinkler guy had shot some urine onto the high-value floor and damaged it over the long-term.  The judge heard the whole thing and finally declared that guys had the right to stand.....so they could possibly miss the target and it wasn't worthy of paying damages on the tile.

A stupid topic?  I tend to think so, but I'm a non-Sitzpinkler guy.

2 comments:

Jess Short said...

This isn't far from the truth. Men are being slowly emasculated. Go into a store and they don't sell underwear anymore, they call them men's slips.

Jim said...

I would think the idea comes from the shape of German toilet bowls and the "inspection platter" they have at the bottom causing stuff to splash out...
I was shocked when I was told by a close German friend that many shave their armpits. I thought he was joking but no they are serious. Sadly the German makes are slowly losing their masculinity....
Lastly, what is the deal with everyone using shower gel? That stuff doesn't get your skin clean nearly as well as a good old bar of soap. I like the feeling of tightness to my skin from using bar soap that actually strips away dirt and oils. Shower gel just makes you smell good. My two cents.....