The Writing on the Stall: Vol. 1

We are all captivated by bathroom graffiti. Each one of us has spent minutes, even hours, reading anonymous phrases, words of wisdom, cries for help, or personal messages as we do our business around campus. But what exactly does bathroom graffiti say about us? In the same way that one can learn much about a culture through a local dialect, or local cuisine, we at BlogDailyHerald suggest that we learn equally as much about a community through its anonymous restroom scrawlings. This semester, Elise Nuding and Harrison Stark dig into the grimiest, smelliest, and most artistic spaces on campus – public restrooms – to show you the best graffiti, and reveal what it tells us about Brown, each other, and ourselves.

Every space on campus has its own atmosphere – – its own culture. Bathrooms are no exception. To kick off our series, we look at graffiti in the level A bathrooms of the Rockerfeller library.

Graffiti in the male bathrooms on Level A of the Rock tends to center around homosexual themes. For example, we see questions relating to wider gay culture on campus, such as the query: “where are all the straight acting gay men?” Underneath, we can glimpse a stick-figure doodle of three men engaged in oral and anal sex, accompanied by the caption “double-down”. Additionally, in two other stalls, there are messages soliciting (presumably homo)sexual favors; we can read in sharpie: “get sucked off here at 12 – free lunch for me” and “back early, looking for cock.” Continue Reading