Toilet talk can save lives

If someone compiled a list of things people would prefer never to talk about, somewhere near the top would be human excrement. It is, to say the least, hardly a topic of public conversation.

Unfortunately, our nose-wrinkling aversion to toilet talk can hinder what in fact are important discussions about sanitation. (…)

Because taboos have always surrounded human excretion, when it gets talked about all it is usually under the cover of euphemisms. Even health organizations don’t like talking (in the kind of detail that is necessary) about these issues. “Public health professionals talk about water-related diseases, but that is a euphemism for the truth,” writes Ms. George. “These are shit-related diseases.” (…)

Read all The Ottawa Citizen

Rose George: The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters

Related posts: 

‘The Big Necessity’: Plumbing the Global Politics of Human Waste

Human Waste in the Developing World

Even Their Shadows Can’t Be Touched, Other Tales of Human Waste at Bloomberg.com

Where Does The Poop Go?

Go Ahead, Say It: Shit–There, Now We Can Seriously Discuss Sanitation at ScientificAmerican.com

One Smart Book About Number Two at Newsweek

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