08 April 2009
washing hands and the irrational order of the men's restroom
We have an issue, people. There are all kinds of irrational behaviors in the world, but two particularly egregious examples have gone on unreported for too long and both take place in the men’s restroom.
Today, we address the male hand-washing pattern in the restroom. Tomorrow, we address the folks who exit the bathroom door using paper towels to grab the handle. This is a free-flowing blog-entry that may touch on mature subjects. You have been warned.
So, what is the deal with the way we’ve been taught to wash our hands as men in the restroom? I think we have it all wrong and can only explain by highlighting a few of the details of a man’s typical day.
Man wakes up.
Man showers, washing all body parts.
Man goes to work, holding various things, pressing various buttons, and touching various surfaces with his hands.
Man drinks coffee.
Man goes to use the restroom.
Man uses restroom*.
Man washes hands.
Man dries hands.
Man goes back to work.
Now, follow me here. Wouldn’t it make sense for a man to wash his hands before using the restroom? I mean, his hands are the dirty appendages at this point right? So why do we wash the hands after addressing a clean area of the body with dirty hands? If we washed our hands before addressing that (still-clean-from-the-morning-shower) specific area of the body, wouldn’t we leave the restroom with perfect cleanliness?
Somebody help me out here…
* - Only applies to usage involving “#1”. Other types of usage change the equation for obvious reasons.