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Taiwan minister says men should sit down to urinate
台灣環保署長建議:男人應該坐著尿尿

People walk into a public toilet in Beijing, China on May 24.
民眾三月二十四日在中國北京步入公廁。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

A Taiwanese minister has caused widespread debate on hygiene by suggesting that men should sit down while urinating instead of standing up.

Stephen Shen, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) minister, said that sitting on the toilet like women do creates a cleaner environment. The statement has generated a lot of online debate.

Officials are to ask local governments to put up notices in public places advising men to sit when urinating. While many women on social media Web sites favor the suggestion, many men say it would be hard to suddenly change the habit.

Inspectors regularly inspect and grade Taiwan’s estimated 100,000 public toilets, with most of them receiving high marks. But EPA officials say there is room for improvement, as some toilets are still smelly because of urine spatter.

(Liberty Times)

台灣環保署長引發廣大的衛生論辯,因為他建議男人應該坐著而不是站著小便。

環保署長沈世宏表示,像女性一樣坐著尿尿確實會創造更乾淨的環境,引發網路諸多論辯。

官員將要求地方政府在公共場所張貼告示,建議男性坐著小便。雖然社群網站許多女網友支持這項建議,但也有許多男性說要改變習慣很難。

稽查人員定期為台灣約十萬間公廁評分,許多廁所都拿到高分。但環保署官員表示,還有很大的改善空間,因為一些廁所因尿液噴濺而有臭味。

(翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. urinate v.

排尿 (pai2 niao4)

例: Some patients experience difficulty urinating after surgery.

(有些病患在開刀後,會有排尿困難的狀況。)

2. put up v. phr.

張貼 (zhang1 tie1)

例: They put up posters all over town advertising the circus.

(他們在鎮上各地張貼廣告宣傳馬戲團。)

3. spatter n.

噴濺 (pen1 jian4)

例: She got paint spatter all over her new shirt.

(繪畫顏料噴濺,沾汙她整件新襯衫。)


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