Ok, here is one of my major pet peeves in life. Why the hell do you designate some port-a-pots as male and some as female? For the love of GOD, it’s a ONE SEATER! Who frickin’ cares if it’s male or female?
But the issue is deeper than that. Because of the ever present GENDER WAR that seems to be tearing the human race apart, race organizers always feel obligated to get the same number of port-a-pots for men and women.
Now LOOK, I’m 100% for equality, and my version of equality means that there should be the same number of port-a-pots PER MALE COMPETITOR as there are port-a-pots PER FEMALE COMPETITOR. What that DOESN’T mean is that you get an equal number of male and female port-a-pots! What if there are 600 women at the event and 10 men? Now, all of a sudden, if you’ve got 100 male port-a-pots and 100 female port-a-pots the poor women have to stay in line for six hours while the men can all go to the bathroom five different times before the race and never use the same port-a-pot twice. THAT’S NOT EQUALITY THAT’S FUCKING STUPID!
I’m not sure what the gender split was in the 102Mediamarathon de Lima, but my guess is that it wasn’t 50/50. 10 years ago when I used to do a lot of races the split was pretty consistently about 70% men and 30% women. See…this is a problem because the US is so anti-male that you can’t pitch the argument I just pitched and have anybody listen to you reasonably. To make matters worse, you get a bunch of women standing around saying that they “deserve” more port-a-pots because they “take longer.” I say BULLSHIT to that, taking longer is a choice, learn to go faster and have respect for your fellow human beings (not to mention competitors). Women aren’t disabled, they don’t need twice as many bathrooms.
Actually, I used to comandeer women’s bathrooms up at the American Birkebeiner because I thought it was bullshit how the men were in line out into the hallway and around the corner and the women’s bathrooms were empty. God that used to piss people off, but fuck them. In order to be EQUAL and to RESPECT AND MAINTAIN EQUALITY, it’s really up to the race organizers to see what the ratio of men to women is at the race and then set up their bathrooms accordingly.
Or they could dodge the whole issue by making ALL THE PORT-A-POTS GENDERLESS!!!!
See how much easier that is?