on the topic of bathrooms...
Here's a link to the article Michelle mentioned in class last week:
And here's the reference and abstract for the article I mentioned about social-psychological research done in a public bathroom. This will be relevant in our upcoming discussions on Presentation of Self:
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 14, No. 1, 33-58 (1985)
Public Bathrooms and the Interaction Order
SPENCER E. CAHILL
This article, based on observational research, provides a microsociological analysis of the behavior that routinely occurs in public bathrooms. Our findings indicate that occupants of public bathrooms routinely perform a number of interpersonal rituals and engage in a variety of backstage behaviors. Analysis of these routine bathroom behaviors reveals the degree to which members of this society are oriented to certain shared values and behavioral standards. These shared values and behavioral standards are identified, and some suggestions regarding their broader sociological significance are advanced.