Yikes! I think I'd prefer it to be enclosed too, especially if it was a bathroom for kids and adults together. My primary school had the trough. It was essentially a unisex room, with sinks on both sides as you went in but the back part was divided by a wall and one side had stalls for girls while on the other was the trough and a couple of stalls for the boys. If we looked, we could see the a boy peeing, but not see his penis. We could hear them and I remember they had competitions about who could pee highest up the wall.Sonic# wrote:I've been in spaces (mainly stadiums) where their idea of a urinal was a trough with no dividers. That's the way my little league field did it. And perhaps my experience is colored by (as a kid) having an adult near there ask to see my penis, but having no enclosure isn't a safe idea.
If we're talking multi-unit unisex restrooms, as personal preference I'd want them all enclosed.
When I lived in Korea, many bathrooms were unisex (at least in the bars that frequented). I was perfectly fine with a guy peeing in the urinal next to me while I waited for the stall, but a cowroker of mine wasn't able to pee at all if anyone else was in the room. I don't know how he managed when he went into regular men's toilets.
Finally, I have a question for the guys. I've had a few different men say they don't like peeing when sitting down because it's uncomfortable. I'm just wondering why? I've never thought hard about the mechanics of it but maybe someone can enlighten me.