Piece Comment

Review of Shy Bladder Workshop


I think it was the title that pulled me in. It's something you don't really think about: the fear certain people (in this case, men) have of using urinals in public restrooms. But Hammad Ahmed dives in full-force, and the result is a revealing and surprisingly candid portrait of men who are, apparently, going through hell each time they step up to the plate.

Only comments: a bit more about the psychology behind the paralysis brought on by paruresis would have been helpful. We get a sense of the human toll, but it might have been nice to learn what actually happens inside the brain at the moment of truth.

The choice to include the urinating sounds may be a chancy one, but it helps you get the picture.

And yes, to a greater or lesser extent, most of us have been there. Thanks for sharing this experience.