OK we’ve all heard janitors’ anecdotal evidence about how women’s bathrooms are oh-so-much dirtier than men’s bathrooms. Here’s my own anecdotal evidence: every time I walk into a men’s bathroom, the whole thing smells like piss and is the nastiest thing I’ve ever seen. When I go into the women’s bathroom in the same establishment, it’s much cleaner and smells nice.
So, janitors: it would seem that we have conflicting stories. That’s the problem with anecdotal evidence.
Do you subconsciously hold women’s bathrooms to a higher standard, and thus put a lot more time and effort into cleaning them? This would explain why I always find them cleaner, and also why you consider them more difficult to clean. It seems like the most common method for cleaning men’s bathrooms is to pee on everything. That does seem easier.
Do I subconsciously consider men to be nastier and therefore hold my nose any time I enter a men’s bathroom, and/or am personally immune to womanly smells? I do have a lot of sisters, it’s true.
Is it because janitorial staff is disproportionately male, and males are sick of hearing about what slobs they are? Do you therefore want to present anecdotal evidence that not only makes males look better, but also has staying-power as a story because it runs contrary to peoples’ expectations?
Obviously, my anecdotal evidence is no better than a janitor’s (in general I hold such stories in low regard until they can be proved), but I really am curious about what’s going on here. I often use both men’s and women’s bathrooms, and have yet to find a women’s bathroom that was dirtier than its male counterpart.
Your move, janitors.