Feminine Products Not Just For Cis-Women!

A few weeks ago, after discovering that I’d be contributing to MSP, my mom came home with an odd surprise for me. She handed me a small blue cardboard box that boasted the title Urifemme. When I read the description on the box, biodegradable disposable urination funnel for women, I was a bit confused. My mom then explained to me that it is a device that allows women to urinate while standing up in order to avoid sitting on dirty toilet seats.

As soon as I saw them, I realized that they may also provide an easy bathroom experience for transmen. A device like this could allow pre-op transmen (and other people with nontraditional gender identities) to easily urinate at a urinal in the men’s room, as opposed to having to pick a stall and sit down. Although the product is being marketed towards cis-women (as shown in the advertisement here), it can really be used by anyone.

Talk about shaking up perceptions of gender...check out this picture that came with the instructions!

The product itself is a piece of white cardboard about the size and shape of an ice-cream cone. According to the directions, you are supposed to “place contoured cone firmly against genital region in front of urinary opening, stand facing the toilet, and empty bladder normally”. An opening at the end of the cone allows for a very, well, “male” bathroom experience.

What do you guys think? Feminine hygiene product or innovation in the world of gender identity?

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About Michaela

Michaela

Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.

  • Tom Penry

    I saw a woman use one in the men’s room at Berkeley Repertory Theater. We men were surprised but took it in stride. Having said that, Berkeley is not ‘Everytown’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173150957 Holly Moyseenko Kossover

    I think it’s an innovation for many. As someone who has stood in line to use the women’s room and then looked longingly over at the men’s room lack of line and wanted to just bust in, this could be useful for many people. I can’t be the only one lacking male gentalia who has wanted to attempt to write my name in the snow :) Also, this would be awesome for camping!