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The writing is on the wall: the text(ure) of women's toilets in Australia

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Abstract:

This article is about public toilets for women. Drawing on data provided by the textual material posted in women's toilets in Victoria, Australia, it is argued that in western nations, toilets represent more than instrumental facilities for the disposal of waste products. Because they also serve as repositories of social anxieties about bodies, gender, cultural and religious differences and health/death, public toilets are sites used to order the disorder of women's bodies and activities. Cultural intolerances have problematised differences in ablution practices and ‘correct’ toilet behaviours are frequently prescribed. As unique examples in the west of cultural and gendered practice, women's toilets offer rich material on the discipline and meaning of gendered space in a range of different environmental settings.

Keywords: análisis de texto; baños; baños públicos de mujeres; espacio generizado; gendered space; textual analysis; toilets; women's public toilets

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2011.610094

Affiliations: Graduate School of Management, La Trobe University, Waiora RdBundoora,Victoria,3086, Australia

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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