Is your bathroom a cause of political radicalism?


23 Responses to “Is your bathroom a cause of political radicalism?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    But the real question is, which comes first, the toilet paper or the Bolshevism? In my experience with soviet TP, it’s probably the other way around. A fine example of Soviet-style TP here:

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had that sign in my basement bathroom!
    here it is in my weird catalog of my basement
    (go to 2:10):

  3. Lobster says:

    I love propaganda. I wonder if there’s a modern anti-terrorist version. Maybe something having to do with fabric softener?

  4. Ugly Canuck says:

    My gosh that’s It! This is why I’ve been politically pissed off latetly: I just needed some cottony softness in my bathroom tissue!

    Kinda obvious now that I think about it.

    Thank you, Boing Boing!

  5. willhopkins says:

    My roommate had that poster on our wall last year. We both agreed that it very likely explained my school’s high concentration of socialists. In fact, we once had a group set up a socialist commune on the front lawn. Of course, the students in the fascism seminar decided to stage a takeover, which the socialists were dumbfounded by.

  6. Ugly Canuck says:

    PS I think that’s my grandpa in the foto. Handsome bloke, eh?

  7. Cruxx says:

    I have that in my bathroom too! Seems like we all do.

  8. Anonymous says:

    My relatives have that in their bathroom.

    Always gets a chuckle from me.


    Woah! I used to have this advert as a poster on my bathroom door, but forgot to take it down when I moved. Still hilarious.

  10. Mitch says:

    Ha ha, the biggest sources of discontent for me when I worked in an office were the office being overheated and THE BATHROOM. The texture of the paper towel wasn’t so much of an issue of the way in which it was dispensed. Who in their right mind would design a paper towel dispenser that would require you to pull a lever that was touched by everyone else who used the bathroom before, including The Man With The Exploding Rectum who likes to leave a Jackson Pollock in the stall a few times a week? Do you think anyone who touched that thing got crap on their hands? Damned right they did. So what’s the point of washing your hands if you have to touch something that has someone else’s crap on it to get a paper towel to dry them?

  11. Anonymous says:

    My (Cuban) ex-girlfriend had that poster in her bathroom. It glared at you as you sat. Always made me laugh.

  12. Boba Fett Diop says:

    I wouldn’t say the paper towels at my workplace are causing Bolshevism, but the automatic taps have inspired several Frankfurt School reading groups.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I had that in my guest bathroom back when I owned a house! The poster actually says “six days a week”, which fascinated me, since I read that as people were always in at work on Saturdays. They may have been, I don’t know.

  14. Rich Keller says:

    It’s a slippery slope from chapped hands to the Revolution!

    I like the Xcelerators, too. I cup my hands together and leave a gap between my thumbs a certain way and try to make this terrible howling sound.

  15. Thomas J. Brown says:

    My friend has had that poster up in his bathroom for a couple of years. It always gives me a chuckle.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The Reason Foundation — a libertine and libertarian bunch who produce Reason Magazine — has that poster in the bathroom of their DC HQ. I had to laugh at it when I saw it at their Christmas party, and ask Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief, where they got ‘em.

  17. Practical Archivist says:

    My husband had this in his bathroom when first started dating. Twenty years later, it’s still one of the things I love about him. <3!

  18. jaksplat says:

    I’ve got this poster hanging in my bathroom. My dad gave it to me and we’ve had it for years. The one I really want though is the R. Crumb poster of a talking toilet that reminds you why it’s important to wipe your ass.

  19. Jonathan Badger says:

    The poster reminds me of the old joke about East German toilet paper “Why is the toilet paper in the GDR so rough? The Party wants every ass to be red!”)

  20. Tdawwg says:

    I deeply love the tacit assumption that grumbling workers = teh Bolshiosocialism, O noes! Management was so much more refreshingly honest in its contempt for labor way back when.

    • Deidzoeb says:

      If the workers complain, then bosses can consider them Reds, just rabble-rousers, not someone whose demands should be met or considered. But the ad encourages the company to buy superior paper towels and provide decent facilities to prevent apparently valid complaints. It sounds like they’re admitting that Bolsheviks have valid complaints, so employers should humor them in some ways.

      Are starving children in your ghettos breeding Bolsheviks? Citizens lose respect for a nation that fails to provide even minimal resources and facilities for their survival. Just ask Katrina!

  21. sic transit gloria C.F.A. says:

    I don’t know it it’s still there, but that poster was in the mens room at San Francisco Green Party headquarters in 2004.

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