This blog is intended to go along with Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, by John R. Weeks, published by Cengage Learning. The latest edition is the 12th (it came out in 2015), but this blog is meant to complement any edition of the book by showing the way in which demographic issues are regularly in the news.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Porcelain parity

For most of human history, people went to the “bathroom” by squatting in the brush somewhere, and for this it did not matter much whether you were male or female. But in modern urban settings we need plumbing facilities to accommodate the different needs of males and females and The Economist has reported on the world wide efforts to level of public bathroom facility playing field (what it calls “porcelain parity”) for men and women around the world—all as part of the move toward improved gender equity.

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