IST tries to be informative as well as educational….so in that vane I thought I would tackle a bathroom fixture.
There is an international restroom fixture that we Americans cannot seem to grasp….the BIDET.
What the hell is a Bidet?
Essentially, there are two types of bidets. The standalone one – it’s a washbasin that you use to clean your genitals and anal area after using the toilet, which you have to clean after and the add-ons……
We Americans usually take something then turn it into a unique form of Americanism….however the Bidet has never been embraced by Americans…..why is that exactly?
“It’s been completely Americanized!” my host declares proudly. “The bidet is gone!” In my time as a travel editor, this scenario has become common when touring improvements to hotels and resorts around the world. My heart sinks when I hear it. To me, this doesn’t feel like progress, but prejudice.
Americans seem especially baffled by these basins. Even seasoned American travelers are unsure of their purpose: One globe-trotter asked me, “Why do the bathrooms in this hotel have both toilets and urinals?” And even if they understand the bidet’s function, Americans often fail to see its appeal. Attempts to popularize the bidet in the United States have failed before, but recent efforts continue—and perhaps they might even succeed in bringing this Old World device to new backsides.
Now that I have introduced some to apiece of restroom equipment the question now is…how do I use this?
Proper use in 10 steps…..
Your education is now complete…..you are a Jedi.