02/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Inauguration's 5,000 Portable Toilets May Be "Grossly Inadequate"

A George Washington University professor has warned Barack Obama's inauguration committee that the 5,000 portable toilets planned for the massive number of people attending the inauguration may be "grossly inadequate" to suit their needs.

WTOP has the story:

Professor John Banzhaf, the so-called "Father of Potty Parity" sent a letter to the Presidential Inaugural Committee warning of potential lawsuits.


Banzhaf says waiting in long lines is not just an inconvenience. It can trigger medical problems. He's asking the Presidential Inaugural Committee to make the toilets gender-neutral so that women do not have to wait longer than men.

"Potty Parity" is the nickname for laws that deal with equal availability of public restrooms for men and women. The theory states that since women take longer in the restroom on average, restrooms should be available at the ratio of 2:1 rather than 1:1.

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