[CNN] The U.S. Navy’s new class of carriers will be the first to go without urinals, a decision made in part to give the service flexibility in accommodating female sailors, the Navy says. The change heralded by the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers – starting with the namesake carrier due in late 2015 – is one of a number of new features meant to improve sailors’ quality of life and reduce maintenance costs, Capt. Chris Meyer said Wednesday. Omitting urinals lets the Navy easily switch the designation of any restroom – or head, in naval parlance – from male to female, or vice versa, helping the ship adapt to changing crew compositions over time, Meyer said. The Navy could designate a urinal-fitted area to women, of course, but the urinals would be a waste of space. Making the areas more gender-neutral is a relatively new consideration for the service, with most of its current carriers commissioned before it began deploying women on combat ships in 1994. But it wasn’t the only reason for the move. Urinal drain pipes clog more than toilets and therefore can be smellier and costlier to maintain, Meyer said. Some sailors said that they’re happy to lose the urinals because they’re hard to clean and maintain, the Navy Times reported this week.
What’s with dudes who PREFER a urinal? There has to be a heavy representation, and that’s weird to me. I mean why else would they have to come up with a load of crap like “urinal drain pipes clog more than toilets” to justify their decision to keep them off Navy carriers. What’s clogging urinal pipes? All that’s going down there is piss, pubes and maybe cigarette ashes. To say that wreaks more havoc than a 30-wipe diarrhea session, tampons & puke is just ridiculous. So clearly they’re trying to appease urinal-lovers with whatever bullshit reasoning they can concoct. Fuck those weirdos. If you’re gonna compare a urinal to a bowl there’s no contest. You got a dick, who cares what you’re pissing in? All a bowl does is provide the option to take a seat if your legs are a little weary. No one’s saying you gotta change up your drain-the-main-vain game outside of possibly having to lift the lid if you’re going in after a broad, but at least the choice is yours. Plus, anyone who pisses like a real man knows that there’s usually a light, misty blowback when showering the back of a urinal. I’ll take the multi-functionality & comfort of a bowl any day over piss mist on my hands.