Our listeners are no strangers to peeing while standing.
A lot of folks have responded to out episode on female urination devices (FUDs), or stand-to-pee (STP) devices, and they've had great stories to share about using their pee funnels during their travel adventures.
Sharon, globe-trotting avian adventurer
I enjoy your podcast, I travel often and around thew world for bird work and listen to your podcast while on the road. Most of the time I find myself alone in remote areas surveying birds or have been on trips in other countries as the only female where the bathroom option is to pull over on a busy highway with no ditch and the driver says, "OK, men on the right, Sharon on the left."
I now always travel with a FUD, and the only issue I've had was that it got confiscated at one of the airports in Kazakhstan. After witnessing the bathroom situation over there where you were lucky if it was a hole in the ground surrounded by a wood fence, I'm pretty sure a female TSA agent saw my device and thought, "Oh, yes. That makes sense. I need that."
I have used just about every device there is and even reviewed them for the American Birding Association magazine, "Birder's Guide to Gear." I was a squatter until one year I dislocated my knee and the option to just squat in the field while counting birds couldn't happen. These devices were a job saver for me.
One thing that I think should have been stressed even stronger in the podcast is how important it is to practice with all of these devices at home before actually using them for the first time outdoors. Each one has their own special grip and finger placement to direct the stream and if you don't use it, there will be a breach in the system onto your pants. There's also the issue of flow control, as some of the funnels cannot quite accommodate a strong surge when you really have to pee and it the flow can overwhelm the funnel's carrying capacity.
I have found that being a woman with an ample hip region that all of the devices available require me to pull my pants down somewhat. I've yet to find the device that will let me just unzip and go. But my personal favorite is the GoGirl (in camo colors) because of the carrying case and now they offer an extender tube which makes it less likely for a little dripping to get on my pants towards the end of the flow.
Again, thank you for covering this. I think a lot of women think these devices are "weird" or maybe tried one of the huge hard plastic ones twenty years ago and don't realize all the great options available now.
Anastasia and her friend Kit Yan, slam poet extraordinaire
I was listening to your stand-to-pee episode and thought I'd share my story. One of my best friends is a trans man who transitioned in the early 2000's. He experienced threats, vandalism, and violence during the process, and so was of course very nervous about using public bathrooms.
When he found out about FUDs, he went online and bough a bunch of disposable ones, some that looked like those children's medicine spoons, and one that was properly penisy.
He told me about this and of course I needed to see them because I spent an ungodly amount of time in pee lines during my early twenties, and OMG, this could change everything. But my friend was still nervous about putting them into action. There was the risk of violence you mentioned, but now he not only had to pass, he also had look like he knew how to operate a flaccid penis, not get pee-shy, AND not pee on himself. It was a lot of pressure.
We were at a lefty bar in Boston when I had him show them to me which was the perfect situation to experiment. I grabbed one of the unopened medicine spoon looking FUDs, chugged the rest of my beer, and told him we were going to pee in the Men's Room like men. If someone walked in, I would look like the one out of place, and also I knew exactly where my pee hole was.
I was shortly proven wrong about my second assumption. Weirdly, I didn't know where my pee hole was. I figured it out pretty quickly after it was clear I was missing the mark, but then there was the matter of how hard one holds a FUD against oneself, and the output angle...
I didn't have to re-enter the bar with pee-pee pants, but I can't claim an entirely clean get away either. My friend, having practiced at home, only got it on his shoes and by comparison did a stellar job with the whole thing.
We did this a few more times throughout the night, and by the end he felt way more confident, and I had gained a new lifeskill.
Now I pee standing up in the shower because I think it's fun.
Gene, cross-country road-tripper
Hi! My fiancé (who just told me to tell you she LOVES y'all) and I just listened to your FUD podcast. We happen to be on a cross-country road trip for which she happened to buy me my very first FUD. For a bit of background, I am generally perceived, on first sight, as male. This does not bother my sensibilities, really, as I identify as genderqueer and I express myself in a typically masculine manner. But one would not know these identities based on casual interaction, as in a public restroom, since it requires very personal conversations. (Obvs!) So, for obvious reasons, I am so uncomfortable and very often so terrified in public restrooms that I would rather pee on the side of an Interstate Highway than go inside the gas station, even with my amazingly loving and wonderfully brave fiancé willing to be my "I am clearly in here with a female bodied individual and, by the way, their body is none of your business" body guard.
Hence, the Go Girl. The silicone is awesome. The "capsular capsule," as you say, is great. But it is true that one must drop-trou (Army speak for "pants down") in order to not leak on the inside of your boxer briefs (or undergarment of choice.) I do wish I'd had a FUD in Afghanistan!