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Are men really dirtier than women?

  1. Sep 22, 2005 #1
    I saw this article in today's edition of the Kennebec Journal:

    For complete article, follow the link:

    Hand Washing Study
     
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  3. Sep 22, 2005 #2

    matthyaouw

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    Misleading title :frown:
     
  4. Sep 22, 2005 #3

    Lisa!

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    Yeah, I think they are dirtier! Even mentally.
     
  5. Sep 22, 2005 #4
    Why is it necessary to wash ones hands after urinating? Isn't urine sterile? I make a point of touching nothing in a public bathroom, I imagine the faucet handles are quite filthy too.
     
  6. Sep 22, 2005 #5

    Evo

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    There can also be blood in urine, which could transmit disease.
     
  7. Sep 22, 2005 #6
    As an undergrad I used to work as a janitor.

    Women's restrooms were invariably dirtier than men's restrooms.

    Can't blame them for washing their hands more.
     
  8. Sep 22, 2005 #7
    I beg to differ.
     
  9. Sep 22, 2005 #8

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    Next time you're shaking another guy's hand, say in an off-hand way "I just fondled my penis while urinating, and didn't bother to wash off afterwards, you don't mind that do you?"

    You will be a first-hand witness to a very interesting reaction.
     
  10. Sep 22, 2005 #9

    Lisa!

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    Why? Don't you see the result of the research?
     
  11. Sep 22, 2005 #10

    honestrosewater

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    Wow, I'm surprised that they found so many people washing their hands. My guess would have been much lower.
    I wash my hands religiously. o:)
     
  12. Sep 22, 2005 #11
    Maybe socially it's not desirable, but there is no threat to you if someone goes number 1 doesn't wash their hands, then shakes your hand. It is not something I would desire, but I won't worry about it. Really I would rather shake someones hand who has just fondled his penis, risk that so called contamination over the many other far more undesirables that come in contact with your hand every day.
     
  13. Sep 22, 2005 #12

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    I would presume if you're male that you're not holding your hand in your urine stream but holding the outside of your penis to direct the urine flow. Also, urine is not sterile if it is passing through an infected bladder or urethra.
     
  14. Sep 22, 2005 #13

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    Choose for yourself.
    If you think the faucet handles are filthy, you might use some toilet paper to open and close them.
     
  15. Sep 22, 2005 #14
    How sterile is toilet paper?

    I mean it's pretty clean when it rolls off the assembly line, but don't people usually tough the part of the roll that they don't use when ripping off the part that they do use?
     
  16. Sep 22, 2005 #15

    Lisa!

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    I think we should wear gloves when we want to shake someone's hand or perhaps use tissue!
     
  17. Sep 22, 2005 #16

    wolram

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    As do i, before and after, not during, hopefully :biggrin:
     
  18. Sep 22, 2005 #17
    You and me both, lets sue for false advertising. :rofl:
     
  19. Sep 22, 2005 #18

    honestrosewater

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    Before? :confused: Ah, bacon bits are always Robin Hood for a bubble bath.
     
  20. Sep 22, 2005 #19

    wolram

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  21. Sep 22, 2005 #20
    I work for the Bureau of Health and that's why this article was of particular interest to me. I know people that won't even touch the handle on the toilet. Instead, they flush the toilet with their shoe. I'm sure this isn't a common practice but some people also take a piece of toilet paper and flush it so their hands don't have to touch the handle. Of course, many office buildings have toilets that flush by themselves.

    I realize that there is such a thing as being obsessive about cleanliness but it's better than not using good hygiene practices at all. I've always been diligent about washing my hands and I very rarely get a cold. Years have gone by without my getting a single, solitary cold so I think it helps to wash your hands as often as possible.
     
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