Getting a university degree is about more than just research and attending lectures. In fact, there’s a world of philosophical phenomena right before your eyes … on the bathroom wall.
Prescribed the name latrinalia in 1966 by Berkley folklorist Alan Dundes, and also known as shithouse poetry, bathroom wall graffiti has actually been studied for its social, folkloric and linguistic aspects. I don’t know about you, but I find the concept of latrinalia, as well as the study of, absolutely fascinating.
During my most recent chapter as an English graduate student, I stole a few moments to explore some of the women’s latrinal spaces at our university. And I have to say that many a time they made my day. In any case, more extensive research should most definitely be carried out. Here are a few of my findings that I hope give you a little smile. Perhaps a research project for another day?