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Mini-series photos of the second week of January, 2014

Racist looks or not on the urinals

 

 

Urinating homeless person - © Norbert Pousseur

... it is not a public urinal, but that holds place ...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Paris - 2013 - Num 21 Mpx - 5d2d2_9470 - series Photo of the week



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To speak, to show public urinals is not a very 'sexy' subject, according to the time-honored expression.
And to make the link between public urinals and racism does not seem obvious.

If we consider the photo below, most of us will have a look between the pity and the contempt: a homeless person has only the street to piss and it is a little dripping.
If it had been a person well-dressed we would have a little frowned or a little smiled...

But to be badly dressed and to relieve oneself openly and publicly causes a rejection or of the contempt with the one who so acts, feeling rather close to the racism : as said it nicely an author, the other one is what we are not.
And nevertheless a homeless person will find will doubtless think of this scene is 'normal' (even if he disapproves of it because this normality is due only to its condition of anybody without roof).

However if we consider the photo at the foot of this page, taken in 1977 during the celebration of Kattenstoet (party of cats), we notice that the people had their pissotière opened with regard to the public, in full center of a prosperous city (Ypres in Belgium).

The habits change, the normality with, and our subjects of disallowances also...

 

Some definitions of the dictionary of Furetiere of 1690, around the term to Piss

PISS. Release of the urine. God threatens in the writing to exterminate until the one who pisses against the wall. Rocky people piss some blood. This word comes from the pissen German, who means the same thing ; or of the Italian pisciare.
To piss,
also says itself by speaking liqueurs which take out naturally some bodies, or which we pull it by embracing them. This fountain, this source pisses big as the arm. Sponge pisses, when they are pressed.
Public urinal. Place intended to piss.


Photography of the week 2 of 2014

General presentation The same in spanish :
Miradas racistas o no sobre los urinarios
The same in french :
Regards racistes ou non sur les pissotières

 

 

 

 

 

 


This sight of homeless urinating in the corner of a railings, the latter drawing a finger salute for a lost glove,
it can be enlarged in this frame until 80 % of its real size of recording, by using the function zoom

 

 


 

Urinal in the Cloth Hall of Ypres - © Norbert Pousseur

... they queue up in front of the public urinal, and the boys in action, do not hesitate to glance at the girls who pass under the hall ...       Photographie Norbert Pousseur
Ypres - Belgique - 1977 - Dia 6x6 - d120kat1a77v07 - series Photo of the week



 

General presentation The same in spanish :
Miradas racistas o no sobre los urinarios
The same in french :
Regards racistes ou non sur les pissotières

 

 

 

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of new year bittersweet
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