- December 7, 2000 at 12:00 am #27808
Redeemed-One30101ParticipantThe first time I saw a bidet was when my ex-husband and I were stationed with the Air Force in Italy. We were told the same thing you were told. Although I never used one, I can see how it could be useful. What I couldn't understand was why it was needed when a bathtub was available. I suppose, though, for example, if a woman had an accident during her monthly cycle, she could effectively clean herself up without having to take a full bath. However, I can see a man using it as well. It's designed for a person to sit on and straddle while facing the faucets.
User Detail :Name : Redeemed-One30101, Gender : F, Race : Black/African American, Age : 52, City : Newport News, State : VA Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, December 7, 2000 at 12:00 am #511
PeteParticipantI consider myself pretty intelligent, but the first time I saw a bidet was in a hotel room, and like Crocodile Dundee, I hadn't the faintest idea of what they're for. The dictionary says they're 'used for washing one's genitals and posterior parts.' For whom? Women only? I can't imagine a guy using one - or do they, and when? Someone please explain.
User Detail :Name : Pete, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Heteroflexible, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Humanist, Age : 50, City : Portland, State : ME Country : United States, Occupation : Writer, Education level : 4 Years of College, December 8, 2000 at 12:00 am #40452
Nelson-A20161ParticipantI lived in the United States most of my life. When I first moved back to my home country (Venezuela), I was impressed to see this 'thing' in my bathroom that I had never seen in Kansas City. Well, I learned to use 'it.' When you go to the bathroom, plain old toilet paper will wipe, but it will not clean. Besides, normally, guys aren't as clean down there (front) as most women because of the shake-and-put-it-back-in routine (guys know what I'm talking about). Well, the bidet leaves you really clean and 'fresh,' without you having to take a full bath. But I have to admit that women use it more than men do, mostly because of male laziness. Anyhow, washing after going to the bathroom existed way before toilet paper; the bidet is just a more comfortable way of washing, for both men and women.
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MegParticipantIn French, bidet means 'sink' or 'faucet.' A bidet has a European origin and is used to do exactly what you think it is used for: to clean. In Europe, one does not typically shower as much as an American does (at least once a day.) So in order to keep the most private of private parts clean, and maintain hygiene, a stream of water is used. I learned this is my French class. If I'm terribly wrong, please correct me.
User Detail :Name : Meg, Gender : F, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Agnostic, Age : 17, City : Modesto, State : CA Country : United States, Occupation : Library Page/Assistant, Education level : High School Diploma, Social class : Middle class, August 13, 2001 at 12:00 am #47262
H21399ParticipantWe have a bidet - it came with the house - and as far as I know, nobody actually uses it. I just have one question: does it tickle? (Serious question - please respond.)
User Detail :Name : H21399, Gender : F, Religion : Atheist, Age : 16, City : Aberdeen, State : NA Country : United Kingdom, August 20, 2001 at 12:00 am #36881
DianaParticipantI've only seen/used bidets in hotel rooms. They provide a quick way - for both sexes - of thoroughly washing the "bits" Pete describes when there is not enough time for a full shower or bath. They are not very popular yet in the United Kingdom, and only the larger bathrooms in more expensive houses tend to be fitted with them.
Gross story coming up: I once had food poisoning on holiday and spent many hours sitting on the toilet and throwing up into the bidet at the same time - very convenient when you've got it at both ends.
By the way, Meg, where did you get the idea that Europeans don't shower as often as Americans? Some of us are just as clean as you! Besides, Europe consists of many diverse countries, each with its own culture - habits vary between them all.
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