Everywhere you go now, you will hear people talking about burping. They will talk about passing gas. It is now considered socially acceptable to talk about these bodily functions. I consider this progress, as it is important to talk about these things. After all, if you didn’t burp or fart, you’d explode from the gas build up.
There’s still something that is still considered inappropriate to talk about:
There’s a new woman at my job. She’s only been there a couple of weeks, but it’s apparently long enough for her to feel comfortable enough to hip check me and gently touch my shoulder. I decided that since she’s that comfortable around me, I’d joke around with her.
Yesterday, she had been off doing a project, so I didn’t see her for a while. When I finally did see her, she was walking from the direction of where the bathrooms were. Granted, there were other places that she could’ve been coming from in from that direction, but I decided to go with the bathroom. As she approached me, I asked, “Did you have a nice dump?”
Both her and my team lead, who was working next to me, looked at me as if I had just propositioned her for money. She continued walking after telling me that asking about that wasn’t nice, or polite. He told me the same thing. Then today, my team lead tells me and her a story about a guy who worked there before we did that had named his penis.
Really? A story about a guy naming his penis is nice and polite, but asking about a bowel movement, that probably didn’t even happen, isn’t?
It’s time to end the stigma surrounding bowel movements. They should get as much conversation time as all of the other bodily functions. After all, we all do it. It’s not like it’s a big secret.
The wonderful MissFourEyes and I have started the Movement Movement. We want everyone to start talking openly about their bowel movements. If enough of us do it, maybe it won’t be considered an inappropriate conversation topic anymore. Write a post about your movements and tag it with Movement Movement so everyone who wants to join us can find them. Let’s change the world together!