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1. Someone I know has been doing some firsthand research on a couple of pee funnel options. She's pleased to report that the PStyle is pretty good, actually. It's also fairly compact, so it seems like it would travel reasonably well, especially if one has access to clean water for rinsing it. That said, while on long bike rides, I'm just as happy to squat, provided I can find somewhere appropriate, and it still doesn't necessarily address the finer points of sanitation/hygiene. It might be amazing to try out the PStyle on a ride like the Paris-Brest-Paris, though, just to surprise the 94% of the riders who are male*. Also, this still isn't the main part of the issue so much as the rest of the mental overhead involved in preparing for a long-distance bike ride in a foreign country with different norms, standards, and resources with respect to bathroom sanitation.

2. THIS video is even more relevant and informative! How to deal with menstruation during fieldwork, a topic that anybody about to do fieldwork needs to know about: https://youtu.be/jjFZ1nzijrI

3. Seriously, this hygiene topic is something that holds back a lot of women in a lot of contexts. Here's some spinoff discussion. I've done fieldwork with male-biased crews, and fieldwork with more balanced crews. It's hard to compare between different projects, but personally the more balanced crews have tended to feel like a more rewarding and inclusive experience, often with better science, too.


*Have I pointed out this statistic yet? Six percent of the riders were women, overall, while 12% of the American riders were women.

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tylik
Feb. 13th, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
That is an incredibly charming video (I'd seen the discussion floating across my feed earlier).

I got into hiking and camping early, and with a lot of women. And into science late, and was a headstrong mouthy bitch already. (And, okay, I don't currently do fieldwork, which sometimes seems really strange.) But I think a lot about my undergrads, and imagine what it could be like, face camp conditions for the first time, without many (any?) other women around, while still young enough to take shit. Eesh.
rebeccmeister
Feb. 13th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
I think a hard part of the systemic problem is that many of us don't realize the full extent of the issue until we're pretty far through the system (in terms of time and experience, if not rank!). Overall I now look at things from the perspective of, how do we arm future generations to recognize and realize what's going on, and to take action at earlier stages?
thewronghands
Feb. 14th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
I liked it too... kinda wish I'd seen it in the gap between when I started doing outdoorsy things and when I started doing them in the Northwest, heh. (Way more challenging here/in these conditions than in the South where I grew up. There's just more real wilderness here.)
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