Skip to main content

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

Buy Article:

$55.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

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: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2011.610094

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

Publication date: 2012-08-01

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more