I’m sick of the old “wahh! He left the toilet seat up!” complaint and the whole debate around it. Personally, I don’t care. In my household, you leave it as you use it. That means a lot of times all three of us are moving the toilet seat to how we need it. I know statistical studies have been done saying that leaving it down is easiest for everyone, but here is what I just realized when I was half asleep and putting down the seat so I could pee comfortably: it’s all a scam. Men don’t *need* to lift the seat up. This whole debate has been ginned up to distract us from other issues.
1) Men can aim! Leaving the seat down doesn’t take away that ability. Yes, the diameter of their target is a little bit smaller. We just finished potty training my kid. One of the tricks I learned to make it more fun for him is to put a Cheerio in the toilet and have him aim for that. If he can hit a Cheerio, he can hit the toilet bowl with the seat down.
2) People might say that they will drip on the seat if they don’t lift it. So if they lift it, they won’t pee on the seat. In turn, women can sit on a clean seat. But this argument has two flaws: a) women sometimes accidentally pee on the seat too. It happens enough that women even made up a little rhyme about it: if you sprinkle while you tinkle, please be sweet and wipe the seat. If women are capable of wiping the seat, men are too. b) Men drip on the rim of the bowl even when they lift up the seat.
So, as I almost fell into the toilet bowl this morning, I realized how ridiculous this is. This is not about men leaving the seat up, this is about moving the toilet seat so men don’t have to clean. Ladies, don’t be fooled anymore! Fight the real fight.