Yes, exactly. I don’t know what I’m more irritated by, the pervasive “blame it on the immoral individual” take that misses any structural frame, or the equally individualistic “building manager traumatized!” panic narrative. Sure, excrememt is unsightly and all, but ramping everything up on the emotionalization scale is good to sell a news story, I guess, but it doesn’t help understanding the situation.
A friend of mine worked as a package delivery person for exactly one week. She said her schedule was organized in such a way that she had to sort her things an hour before her actual shift started (but she had to be there for it anyway), then was so tightly packed that there was no break, and there was also no opportunity to have a toilet break anywhere in the entire schedule. She had to in essence hold it in for 8+ hours.
We all know there are moments when that really, really no longer works. Now, of course, you could pick the next bush (if the place even has green spots), sure. Or you could, you know, utilize the critical force of anger, of not hiding your pain, and making it obvious. Can we call that a small revolutionary act in a stifling system?