Why Don’t Americans Use Bidets?
A clean bum is important, do I derriere say more so in the gay community than others? We've seen the commercials for exceptional toilet paper brands and adult bathroom wipes. I do purchase the good stuff when it comes to the tp, but have not switched over to using the wet wipes as of yet. My last place I lived suffered from a fatberg so I've stayed away from the moist towelette usage. What's a fatberg? You'll find out soon enough.
Are those the only two options to get clean back there? If you are in America, the answer is most likely yes. "Why Don't Americans Use Bidets?" is the title of a new video from the YouTube channel Today I Found Out. In the clip, we are told the history of the bidet and the guesses as to why the bidet never made it over the pond to the USA.
The American obsession with cleanliness is well documented, from anti-bacterial everything to our insistence of using sewer-clogging adult wipes, so what’s our issue with the bidet?
A mini-shower for your nether region, bidets are a popular way worldwide to keep said regions tidy, and there are plenty of extremely inexpensive options for easily outfitting any standard toilet with one. So why has this popular bathroom fixture not caught on in the United States? Old prejudices, (surprisingly new) habit, and comfort-level. (Note: Toilet paper wasn’t commonly used in the United States until the 20th century) - youtube.com
So those fatbergs. Do you have the box of wet wipes on the back of the toilet? Be careful. The night before I was to move out of my apartment and down to Florida, the sewer backed up in the building's basement and flooded the entire thing. After living there for 13 years, this is the first and only time anything bad happened in the building. All the storage units had about a foot of liquidy ungoodness due to someone in the building using the wet wipes, flushing them down the toilet, creating a fatberg. I was a little more than upset. So if you are using wet wipes, check with your building, land lord, city, or plumber to make sure they can be used.
I have a "not born and raised in America" friend of a friend living here in the states that after every bowel movement he needs to take a shower. Is this because of the lack of a bidet or is it a heavy dose of germaphobia or O.C.D? I haven't asked him.
I've actually always wanted to try a bidet, but have never had the opportunity. Maybe some day. And I have thought about those bidet attachments, but yet have not purchased one. Straight Ally Vlogger Tries Bidet For The First Time was a posting one of the other Instinct bloggers did a little while ago, but it was just all video. Maybe the viral video sparked the Today I Found Out folks to elaborate as to why a bidet was new to the vlogger.
Americans, have you used a bidet? Thoughts?
Others, when you come to America, do you miss your bidet?
When you moved to America, did you install a bidet?
Is TP better?
picture of bidet in video is from bidet.org