"Peeing Is Political"

In an interview earlier this month, Harvey Molotch discussed his new collection of essays, Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing. Why we have trouble broaching the subject:

Talking toilet requires recognition of oneself as a potential source of pollution, as inescapable as living within one’s own body. Being “civilized” means distancing ourselves from the animal nature of what we are. 

(Hat tip: Shahar Ozeri)