"Dear Doo Doo,
For the last two months I have primarily been shitting in an outhouse, which as caused some observations about Doo Doo I do think you'll be interested in.
First, is the sense of finality in Flushing. One poops, wipes, and flushes, and for me, and I think for many of us, the flush is an act of finality, the culmination, the indication of the end of the poop (although there is pulling up your pants* & washing your hands**, which is perhaps more post-poop ritual than poop). Without anything to flush in the outhouse, the poop act feels strangely incomplete. I suppose this is all conditioning, because we poopers have not always had flushers. One could retrain oneself to think of the pulling up of the pants* as the culmination.
Second, is the post-poop inspection. Noting the stool for signs of health, loose or knotted, dark or light, yes I did have beets and corn for dinner last night, etc. etc. This fecal check-in simply does not exist in an outhouse. It all disappears down a hole in the ground, never to be seen again, or at least not analyzed uniquely aside from its new pooped neighbors.
Still, I have nothing against the outhouse doo doo experience, simply that [it] is different.
DDB editor's notes:
* - or whatever
** - if you're into that kind of thing
W.I.P.E., thank you for these eloquent thoughts. I've personally not pooped in a proper outhouse in some years, but it is truly a fruitful place for thinking about the rituals we all have around shitting. Examining the nature of poop rituals and prizing solitude vs socializing is really interesting with multiple-seat outhouses. I hope you've got one of those. I'd also think a lot about the idea of splash back in flush toilets vs outhouses, and the attendant sounds that go with each if I were in your place. Given my recent bowel escapades, the post-poop inspection you mention is particularly important for me now, so I'll happily stay with my flush model for the present time. Meantime, many happy non-flushings to you out in the great dairy state!
As a reminder to you other readers, DDB always welcome your thoughts on pooping!