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on the topic of bathrooms...

Here's a link to the article Michelle mentioned in class last week:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7667499.stm

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)
DOI: 10.1177/0098303985014001002

Meanwhile Backstage
Public Bathrooms and the Interaction Order
SPENCER E. CAHILL

WILLIAM DISTLER

CYNTHIA LACHOWETZ

ANDREA MEANEY

ROBYN TARALLO

TEENA WILLARD

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.