A portable urinal for girls.

Published January 24, 2006 8:10PM (EST)

Feministing is a veritable smorgasbord of links today, but I'm starting with this one, to a new product purporting to be a portable urinal for women. What's it called? Wait for it...

A feminal.


The thing is purple and plastic and holds up to four cups of urine. It's designed so that a you can pee "in a reclined, seated, or standing position."

Who wants to pee while reclining?

I was also disturbed by the explanation of how it works: "When the feminal is gently pressed against the body, the unique shape creates a leak-proof seal." The leak-proof seal definitely sounds like the kind of thing that could end very badly.

On the other hand, I suppose we've all had moments in life when we would have wept with relief, even if presented with a "feminal."

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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