I think if I were shipboard, I’d pee standing up by taking aim into the ocean.
The USS Gerald R. Ford — the newest U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, and the first in its class of ships — is ditching urinals, introducing “gender neutral” bathrooms.
Each sleeping quarter — what the Navy calls a berthing area — will have traditional porcelain bowls in the heads (or bathrooms) of the newly designed aircraft carrier, which can hold over 5,000 sailors.
With universal bathrooms, switching the room assignments for each berth between the genders will be much easier.
“This is designed to give the ship flexibility because there aren’t any berthing areas that are dedicated to one sex or the other,” Operations Specialist 1st Class Kaylea Motsenbocker told Navy Times recently.
However, most bathroom specialists think traditional restrooms are way less efficient. Bathroom experts told the Navy Times that urinals cost less, take up less space, and are more sanitary (fewer men miss their target with a urinal).
The Ford is the first new class of aircraft carriers designed in 40 years, making urinal-free ships the wave of the future, meeting the increasing number of women joining the Navy. In fact, it was under actual President Ford in 1976 that women were first allowed to join the Naval Academy. 81 of the 1,300 inductees that year were women — just 6%. 2016’s class, on the other hand, had 24%, just above the average 18% female population of the Navy overall.
With these numbers, it looks like urinal-free ships are here to stay, so brush up on your target practice, gentlemen sailors.
Booths are a great place to have sex. Are there going to be lube dispensers in each booth to facilitate the hanky panky?
Since booths take up more space than urinals, we have to ask if the space utilization on the new ship is optimal. It would be easier to issue women those funnels that allow them to pee standing up at a urinal.