Comments on: Festivals: A Feminist Issue? /2011/10/13/festivals-a-feminist-issue/ A feminist pop culture adventure Fri, 14 Oct 2011 09:31:29 +0000 hourly 1 By: Russell /2011/10/13/festivals-a-feminist-issue/#comment-1866 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 09:31:29 +0000 I think there is a problem with festivals and toilets, primarily that they are normally disgusting and unhygienic. Not “basic” but positively unhealthy to spend any time in. It’s part of the reason why I stopped going to festivals – not to be too snobbish, but once I couldn’t get VIP tickets, and access to the better facilities therein, I quickly lost interest. It is also completely sexist for security guards to be suggesting that it’s okay for men to pee up against a wall but if women do it it’s not, even if they have got a friend with a cloth or jacket completely covering them.

This article reminded me of the experience of a friend who found she needed to use a tampon on the last day of a festival, and had to use the toilet facilities which by now were at their muddiest, nastiest, and most disgusting, a deeply uncomfortable experience that dimmed the weekend experience for her.

I think that as much as the festival experience is about rolling about in mud and not eating for three days, there is a kind of discrimination in that it’s not being considered that there might be ways to make that a better experience for both sexes, rather than focusing on perceived male advantages in this area.