Do you think women talk more than men in the bathroom? This stereotype has persisted for years, despite the fact that the only way someone could know for sure is if they had spent a lot of time in both men's and women's rooms. But regardless of whether you believe it, evidently someone who decorates bathrooms does, as evidenced by this image shared by Reddit user supreme407:
The message of the door: men don't talk to each other in the bathroom, whereas women will share a whole door's worth of gab during a single visit. It's an obvious joke, but not so obvious that the doors don't still require stick figures to explain which is which.
As far as stereotypes go, this joke isn't that hurtful (or clever), but that didn't stop the Reddit thread about it from becoming a classic flame war. Some commenters felt strongly that the joke was sexist and unnecessary, while others felt that it was funny, inoffensive and unnecessary. But nobody thought it was necessary.
User ziemlich said:
Men actually talk longer and more often than women do so this is based off a sexist stereotype and is deemed - not funny (by me).
While turroflux responded:
No, they don't. Men do not talk to each other in the bathroom, it's not a stereotype, it's a fact. Women also spend a lot more time in the bathroom, and do talk to each other a lot more. There is nothing sexist about pointing that out.
DWPRICE just loved it:
If I could give you a million up-votes I would. I will be laughing for a long, long time. And remember, its only funny because its true.
Meanwhile, weedad14 threw ice water on everybody's fun:
Studies have shown that men and women speak basically the same amount.
In the end, tommygunz007 had the most rational assessment:
sexist or true? You be the judge
Yes. Everybody can judge this on their own. Whether it's sexist or not is all up to personal interpretation. But everybody should be able to agree that it's LAME. For bathroom sign-related humor, it's better to stick to the classics: