Prepare yourselves for a serious discussion. This problem has been on our mind for centuries. It has remained unsolved for millenniums. Sometimes it seems that the special magic force keeps the secret key to the discovery of a treatment for this problem. All the ladies, I`m here with you and let`s say it together. Why does the line in women`s bathrooms take forever?
You look at the WC for men where nobody is standing while tapping their feet on the floor impatiently. These are the only moment I regret I wasn`t born a boy. And another moment when I have to buy a two-piece swimsuit. But this is the whole other story.
Science Has It All Covered, Baby
Finally, scientists have started doing their research on something that really matters in this world – women`s bathrooms. There is a whole scientific field dedicated to exploring the waiting lines – queueing theory. No kidding, this one exists. Its mission is to provide the most effective ways of coping with the lines. They explore how to make them shorter and faster.
And now the researchers have presented their way how to save our time, ladies. I don`t mean to spill any spoilers, but it turned out that the whole idea of these “effective women`s WCs lines” is a complete and utter utopia. However, let me bring it down to you piece by piece anyway.
Belgian Researchers Have Got Our Back
The troubleshooters who showed their compassion for all the women on this planet work at the Ghent University, Belgium. They conducted this whole multi-leveled research and here we go with the results. At first, the scientists calculated how does the number of flush toilets impact the queue. It appears that each and every of those plumbing miracles is important.
Even if one flush toilet goes out of order, it can enlarge the waiting line significantly. For the further simulation, the Belgians would start on the standard public washroom with the separation for the men`s and women`s zones which had 10 flush toilets each.
They calculated that on average a woman is waiting in the line to such WC for 6 minutes, 19 seconds and a man… No, I`m not going to tell you right away. Just guess, try! It`s 11 seconds, actually. Yes, a man spends only 11 seconds waiting to do his business.
I Don`t Think This Is Going to Work Out
1 minute for men and 1,5 minutes for women – the average time that scientists figured up as the time for actually using the WC. The calculations showed that the queue can be effectively minimized if there was a joint washroom for both males and females. It has to have 14 cubicles and 8 urinals. Yes, they all should be placed together.
Well, I don`t know about this one. I do realize that this will cut the waiting time significantly, and there is this huge rapidly developing tendency of gender-neutrality in all aspects of life, but there are various ethical and religious considerations which may be piling up, so thank goodness, it`s not possible.
The scientists claim that with this approach an average time of waiting in line will shrink to 1 minute, 27 seconds for women and 58 seconds for men. However, taking into view that this is not practical, they propose an alternative.
A big ladies` bathroom with 12 cubicles and a small men`s bathroom with 2 flush toilets and 6 urinals will solve the problem in the most effective way possible. It may seem unfair that there is such an inequality in terms of the size of WCs. However, it`s easy to explain. Women simply have smaller bladders, because the space in their body should be saved for a potential baby, so long waiting lines to the restrooms is the females` tribute to nature for the miracle of procreation.