Don’t go chasing waterfalls 0 Comments

The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.

Angela Carter

The epiphany occurred after I entered a Japanese public squat-toilet: I was able to appreciate just why Angela Carter became ‘radicalised as a woman’ during her two years living in Japan.

I was bare-bottomed in the cubicle, struggling to crouch over the toilet seat with a dignified balance, when I became aware of an exotic toilet feature: a button for producing ‘waterfall sounds’ as a means of concealment.

Below the button was a statement – ‘exclusively for women’. I took one look at that sign and urinated as loud as I could.

I hope Angela Carter would be proud.

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