Urine-competent if you are female?

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The photographs are the female and male instructions for collecting urine samples for medical testing, featured in the bathrooms of a medical lab. Note the contrast in how specific male anatomy is referenced whereas a woman is instructed to “spread yourself,” how men are presumed to know how to not “soil” themselves whereas women are specifically instructed to remove certain items of clothing, and how the female instructions are much longer and presume less competence overall.

–Ann Bartow, via a friend.

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