No Satisfaction: Lip-Shaped Urinals in Stones Museum Called Sexist
Women's rights campaigners are demanding the removal of urinals shaped like female mouths from the men's lavatory of a Rolling Stones museum in Germany. The owner denies the bowls are offensive and vows: "They're staying."
Women in the northern German town of Lüchow have expressed their dissatisfaction with the design of two urinals in the men's toilet of a museum dedicated to the Rolling Stones. They are shaped like red lips, similar to the legendary logo of the band, but they look more feminine, and they lack tongues.
Marianne Jönsson-Olm, the official in charge of women's issues in the Lüchow town administration, said: "An uproar has gone through the population -- around a dozen women came to me and complained."
Defiant and Unrepentant
The museum was opened last October by a retired banker, Ulli Schröder, 62, who has been collecting Stones memorabilia for decades.
The urinals were designed by a woman, Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel, and have attracted controversy before. They were removed from a toilet in New York after complaints.
The town council subsidized the museum with 100,000. Lüchow's mayor, Hubert Schwedland, has been trying to mediate. "You can't argue about personal taste and art, everyone interprets it themselves and draws their own conclusions. People who don't like them should avoid them."
cro -- with wire reports
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