“For the comfort of male consumers, girls please don’t use the male toilet” reads the sign in a KFC in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. The restaurant received a number of complaints about women using the male toilet, making some men feel too uncomfortable to hock up huge gobs of phlegm to spit in the sinks and urinals like normal. However, this encroachment by women on the dirty, smelly sanctity of the male toilet is emblematic of a larger problem: women don’t have nowhere to pee.
Some local governments have started to recognize the problem, with Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment considering a new standard that will make the ratio of female to male public toilets 1.5 or 2:1.
in China everywhere tend to be pretty disgusting, and many people use restrooms in KFC or McDonald’s branches, which are more prevalent and generally clean.
According to statistics released in 2011, Guangdong, a city of 12 million people, only has 907 public toilets in its downtown area; leaving over 13,000 people to share 1 toilet.
In Guangzhou in February, a group of university students launched the “Occupy Men’s Toilets” movement, calling for fair use of public facilities and more toilets for women.