Originally Posted by butzie
How about those porta-toities? Yuck! I'd rather hold it.
Me, too, but when you're historical reenactor, that's usually all they have.
And it's so much fun to try to navigate in an 1860's hoopskirt in a Porta-Potty, unless you luck out, and they have a handicapped one there. You have to back in, hope someone takes pity on you, and offers to close the door for you, flip up at least 3 layers of skirts, push the slit in your 1860's drawers aside, and drop down, hopefully on the seat. Then, you try to reach around a bunched up pile of fabric, and the bottom of your corset, and wipe.
And, when it's that time of the month...well, I'll spare you the details.
To be fair, most of the events I've attended keep the Porta-Potties very clean. They acutally have work details, which I think clean them every hour or so during the event. The only complaint, which I guess can't be remedied, is that in the really hot weather, with the sun beating down on the potties, things get a bit smelly at times.
Before reenacting, I used to refuse to use 'em. Funny how one changes. Shortly after taking up the hobby, I had to use one at an auction. Even though it was freezing out, I was so grateful for the porta-john! (And, away from an event, you'll notice them elsewhere, and your heart leaps--it's comforting sight!)
This all brings back memories of an Amish fabric store I used to go to. They only had an outhouse for the customers, not even a 1/2-moon in the door for light--it was totally dark and STINKY in there, and cold. I always joked that they had their own indoor bathroom, with solid gold taps, and marble!