To be shocked that some people stand up to wipe their bum after going to the loo?

(245 Posts)
apenny4 Wed 25-Sep-13 21:43:39

So I perhaps naively assumed that like me the world and his uncle wipe their bum while sitting down after going to the loo. I can't remember how long ago it was that I discovered a good friend stands up to wipe and has done ever since she was a child. I still find it hard to get my head round - obviously I'm not talking about a wee here.

She was equally shock that I wipe sitting down.

It occasionally pops into my head and I wonder all over again, is it her or is it me, is standing or sitting more usual, or are there just a whole lot of standers and sitters out there, all oblivious to each others habits?

DadDadDad Thu 30-Oct-14 18:02:03

To anyone else reading this, who feels the same way as Thebodynow..., please do what I am now trying to do, and stop posting to this thread, so this zombie can return to its grave.

Of course, it's a free country and if you really want to add something to 200+ posts on this topic, don't mind me... sad

Thebodynowchillingsothere Thu 30-Oct-14 17:08:46

Stander here.

But who on Earth cares what anyone else does in the bog as long as it's left clean and you wash hands!

Wierd thread.

overslept Thu 30-Oct-14 16:49:44

I never thought about this before, I sit down. I really want to ask DP but I'm embarrassed to and I kind of feel that it would kill some sort of romance to ask grin.

itsbetterthanabox Thu 30-Oct-14 14:00:56

I think small kids often need to stand because their feet don't touch the floor so sitting and wiping could cause balance problems.
But as soon as you can sit it's def the only way! grin

apenny4 Thu 30-Oct-14 11:24:14

I don't think that weird and big deal necessarily equate though.

It seems weird to me, I'm not saying it is weird, it's clearly normal for everyone who does it the other way. Still quite a lot of people are very surprised when they realise - I'm sure no one's loosing sleep though grin

DadDadDad Thu 30-Oct-14 11:05:02

I admit that it never occurred to me that there was an alternative to the way I did it until this thread came along. But what I find strange is not that some do the opposite to me, but all you posters saying how weird it is that some people do whatever is opposite to their own way.

Surely, it's not that much of a deal, and we each make our method work so that we don't end up leaving anything horrible behind or on our behinds?

apenny4 Thu 30-Oct-14 10:25:59

I was so surprised to see this thread resurface - it was my first AIBU and I NC for obvious reasons.

I was still quite new and hadn't even heard of a poo troll, something I'm accused of up thread. Needless to say I'm now a little wiser!

Very few posters actually commented on whether I was BU or not, however given how many surprised posters there were, asking their OHs etc. I took it that I wasn't BU.

I cried tears of laughter at some of the posts back then grin.

I think the standing v sitting is determined by our mothers (or dads when they're the main caregivers of course). My niece is a stander, so I suspect that her mother is too (not that I've asked). I've taught DD how to do everything sitting - even though I know standing clearly works for lots of people it still seems a weird concept, just as sitting seems to be a weird concept to people that stand.

Szeli Thu 30-Oct-14 08:37:10

i'm a sitter, i'm huge tho too but even did this when underweight.

i also use moist tissues for the final wipe otherwise i'd still feel dirty.

am I the only person who never managed to work out tampons? i've tried standing up a few times over the years but they just wont go in blush

itsbetterthanabox Thu 30-Oct-14 06:24:18

I'm definitely bigger than nearly all of you but I can still reach around! Why wouldn't you be able to?
I sit down, standing up sounds odd to me! I think bf stands, weirdo.

Aussiemum78 Thu 30-Oct-14 02:25:55

I read somewhere that a large percentage of Americans flush while still seated.

Now that was odd.

So standers, surely you don't stand after a wee. Because you'd get drippy bits on your shoes?

aurynne Thu 30-Oct-14 01:50:08

* still BLUSH!!! BLUSH, not FLUSH!!!! blush

aurynne Thu 30-Oct-14 01:49:07

Stander and folder here, never imagined there was another way until i read this thread!

And in order to bring this conversation even lower, I really have to ask: Am I the only one who sometimes, after a very... erm... messy one, carefully examines my arse on the mirror to make sure there aren't any bits of toilet paper stuck to my bum hairs?

(perhaps because I once had a very, VERY embarrassing sexual situation in which my partner commented he had seen some white bits down there... still flush just thinking about it!)

shadowfax07 Thu 30-Oct-14 00:49:20

I've just asked the OH, (y'know in the interest of science ;) ) and I'm horrified to find put that he's a stander! I've got IBD, so use both TP and moist wipes when needed.

I'm a sitter, lifting one cheek, and just can't imagine standing at all..

Maleeka Wed 29-Oct-14 23:11:06

I had to ask my OH how he does it, fully expecting him to say " seated of course, you daft woman!!"

But no! he's a stander too! shock I've been with this bloke for 3 years and he still continues to surprise me! I never knew standing was a option to wipe your bum grin

VikingLady Wed 29-Oct-14 22:46:42

Just asked DH how he does it - sitting, access from the rear. I do sitting, access from in front. Neither of us had realised you could do it standing!

In fact When I shared this fascinating insight into the weird habits of internet-people he said "But surely standing to wipe means you are more likely to fall over and end up covered in your own shit?"

Redhead11 Wed 29-Oct-14 22:26:01

I am a sitter. I don't remember DC standing to wipe except when i was doing it for them. I have used baby wipes for years (but never flush them!) as a result of IBS. I would need to be really ill to poo anywhere except at home. I never knew that adults stood to wipe...

DadDadDad Wed 29-Oct-14 22:05:59

This bizarre thread from a year ago awakes from the dead and walks the Earth. Do zombies even wipe their bums?

fredfredsausagehead1 Wed 29-Oct-14 19:45:12

I'm sure people don't mean standing up straight more a semi squat type position ...

cherrybombxo Wed 29-Oct-14 19:34:21

Wait... people stand up to wipe? shock

I genuinely didn't know that this was a thing.

Aeroflotgirl Wed 29-Oct-14 19:33:56

Yabvvvvvu to be concerned how people wipe their bum. As long as they flush the loo and wash their hands, who cares.

WowserBooooooooooooser Wed 29-Oct-14 19:32:22

<Licks pencil tip>

<gets out notebook>

waithorse Wed 29-Oct-14 19:31:52

Cause you do Member hmm What a tip to bump a zombie thread for.

Member758776 Wed 29-Oct-14 19:29:34

Hi all, hopefully I can be of some help... first of I'm a man so never been pregnant but please read on I do have the solution.

I have just lost over 5 stone in weight so as you can imagine I was to big to reach around. I searched the internet for various methods and contraptions and low and behold found something that worked... A SHOE HORN!!! you know the long things the you put down the back of your shoes so you can slip your feet in!

You need to look for the plastic ones about 10 inches long one end has a round bit with a hole in it, this hole is just the right size to put 1 - 3 papers or baby wipes through... the method is to take the baby wipes 2 at a time, place them together (on top of one another) then pull the "middle" of them through the hole which creates a rose like shape the from behind or front just wipe away.. pull out and replace for another wipe.

I bought 3 of them 99p for 3, I kept one in my toilet, one in the car (incase of need to goto a public toilet!) and one at work... if anyone asks just say your pregnant and need them to put on your shoes!!!! and of course you can put on your shoes with them as well.

Hope this helps

mouselittle Tue 17-Jun-14 20:09:17

Am I the only one that does it sitting down but entering from the front?
I use wet wipes too...

KeepOnPloddingOn Tue 17-Jun-14 19:23:54

Dh and I are not the same. I sit and he stands. Both of us are in disbelief at eachothers ass wiping antics.

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