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She-pee also Shee-Pee

noun [countable]

a tent containing urinals (open toilets which are usually fixed to a wall), designed specifically for use by women at open-air events

'The Shee Pee, as it's affectionately known in Europe, will make its Australian debut at this year's Melbourne event in a bid to cut loo queues and offer women a more hygienic option to conventional toilets …'

Sydney Morning Herald 19th January 2005

'The She-Pees are specially designed female urinals allowing ladies to just slosh and go, comme les hommes. They will, we hear, be decorated in pink …'

The Guardian 18th June 2004

Last weekend's Glastonbury music festival was one of the highlights of the summer season of outdoor musical events in the UK, which include this weekend's historic Live 8 concerts. There's good news for female visitors to Glastonbury and similar events as they no longer have to stand in long queues with their legs crossed, thanks to the revolutionary new She-pee, an invention which redresses that male-female imbalance where convenience for relieving oneself is concerned!

the word She-pee refers to the toilet enclosure itself, normally some kind of canvas tent-like area accommodating half a dozen or so women and recognizable by its bright pink appearance

Those of us whose gender dictates that we normally 'sit down' in the lavatory, and therefore spend much of our lives queuing for public conveniences, may be interested to know more about the She-pee, which enables us to relieve ourselves quickly and conveniently at large-scale open-air events. The word She-pee refers to the toilet enclosure itself, normally some kind of canvas tent-like area accommodating half a dozen or so women and recognizable by its bright pink appearance! Entrants to the She-pee use a device called a P-mate™, also known in the UK as a Whiz, an ergonomically shaped funnel which allows women to relieve themselves while standing up. The Whiz, a re-usable device made from anti-bacterial plastic, retails at around £5 in the UK and proved immensely popular when launched at the 2004 Isle of Wight music festival.

If the boys are feeling she-pee-ish (sorry, couldn't resist!) and don't want to miss out on the fun, they might like to try a unisex device called a Go Bag, which turns liquid into a solid gel for easy disposal. The Go Bag is a double plastic bag containing a pouch of dry crystals which swell to form a solid gel when liquid is added. The top of the bag can then be sealed, allowing it to be simply thrown away. Already in use by the US army, the Go Bag has recently been marketed at festival goers of both genders who frequently encounter 'unsanitary situations'.

Background – She-pee

The She-pee was first launched at the Glastonbury music festival in 2004, notorious for many years for its less-than-desirable sanitary facilities. Considered a successful innovation, it then made its way across the globe to Australia, where in January 2005 it was introduced by the organizers of the Big Day Out festival in Melbourne.

She-pee is of course a play on the word tepee (also spelt teepee), a tall round tent made of animal skin and traditionally lived in by some native Americans.

by Kerry Maxwell, author of Brave New Words

This article was first published on 27th June 2005.

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