To pee or not to pee…in the shower? That is the question. Some people do and some people don’t, but only very few admit it, and they are all men, with the exception of a soul-unburdening Liz Lemon, frightened of dying on a plane in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. She’s a fictional character, but was Tina Fey confessing, too? It had a ring of truth. But what is there to confess? What is wrong with peeing in the shower, exactly?
What harm does it do?
Is it unsanitary to pee in the shower? Well, urine is actually sterile; your skin will shed far more bacteria into the shower-simply from the stuff we contact casually every day-than your urine stream ever will. So no, it’s not particularly unsanitary, even though it might not smell as delightful as your peony-scented body wash. It almost seems more sanitary, at least from the standpoint of cleansing oneself afterward. Why just wipe when you can lather up and scrub?
There is, however, the Squick Factor, a powerful deterrent. Whether or not you pee in your own shower, it seems undecorous to pee in your friend’s shower. It is, after all, your friend’s territory.
Okay, then, what good does it do?
Egyptian turkey vultures pee on their feet to wash off the bacteria. That’s right; these birds, who feed on carcasses, are somewhat small (about wild-turkey-sized) and tend to walk around in their food, which is, as I said, decomposing bodies. Their feet are feather-free so as to be more easily rinsed by the birds’ urine. Some humans also swear by the anti-fungal properties of urine, as evidenced by the belief that to pee on one’s feet helps ward off Athlete’s Foot.
There is also the argument that one can save resources by peeing in the shower. Why flush that extra water down the toilet, and then climb into the shower? It is possible, however, that the minute or so it takes you to, uh, drain, you are too distracted to make much of the water cascading down upon you, thereby making the water savings negligible and saving only toilet paper. Which is something, I guess.
So, Pee or No Pee?
Your personal decision. The Squick Factor is purely psychological but hard to overcome. I would suggest whatever you decide, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell may be the best policy. Happy Washing!