Here's a picture of a public toilet in Switzerland that's made entirely out of one-way glass. No one can see you in there, but when you are inside, it looks like you're sitting in a clear glass box.
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Claim: Photographs show a public toilet made with reflective glass walls.
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Origins: Although our mores regarding the display of the human body and bodily functions have changed a good deal over the years (for example, the notion that a woman might breast-feed her child in a public place was almost completely unthinkable just a few decades ago), most of us still hold very strong taboos against anyone other than intimates seeing us in certain circumstances, such as when we're unclothed, when we're engaged in execretory activities, and when we're engaged in sexual activities. Our squeamishness in these regards is such that we're often quite uncomfortable when others are present during these circumstances, even if they cannot see us. (Many people feel quite embarrassed about disrobing when a member of the opposite sex is present in the room, even if that other person keeps his or her eyes tightly closed.) On the other hand, we may not be so fussy about stripping down in a locker room or using a public bathroom in the presence of others — it somehow seems more acceptable for us to do these things in front of other people when those others are engaged in the same activity.
The concept of how we react to "seeing but not being seen" was put to the test by
Jeff Boloten, who works at the Tate Britain, noted:
The title of the work refers to
Last updated: 14 July 2004
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