SURVEY: The BIG question – Bum Gun or Toilet Paper – final results

So the results are out. When asked the big question, respondents favoured Thailand (and Asia’s) ubiquitous ‘bum gun’ over toilet paper.

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Full article below, but here are some of the reader responses from today’s The Thaiger YouTube survey. WARNING: Plentiful euphemisms for ‘bottom’ ahead. But first, the final result…

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• “Bum guns – best things ever! Bum gun to clean, TP to dry. Does a much better job and gentler, esp being re-plumbed (post cancer). I’ve already included them in the design of my new place.” – Mark

• “I can’t believe I lived 60 years using toilet tissue without having learned about bum guns. And I can’t believe 30% of the people responding to this survey still chose tissue. Bum gums – a mark of civilization” – Martin

• “Bum Guns. A great invention indeed! I suffered from gout since I was a teenager. Which caused acute Diarrhea even when you were not having an actual ‘attack’, but the medication required for acute gout attacks sent it into overdrive. The (uric) acid of gout was really bad for the ‘nipping gear’, leaving it red raw, and using paper made it a helluva lot worse, absolute bloody miserable torture. Difficult to walk! Bum Guns were very alien to an Australian Native, but I changed over to using the bum gun here years ago. Best thing I ever did! And although my gout mysteriously disappeared about 10 years ago, which I don’t know how or why it did, I still use the Bum Gun. It’s clean, hygenic and effective. Chalk one up for the Thais!” – Russell Graystone

• “Loved the bum gun when I was in Thailand. Came back to the US, just in time for the pandemic, and there were so many shortages of TP. I bought me a bum gun, but sadly my apartment would not allow it to be installed. Something about liability if there were a leak — which makes zero sense. Now I am moving in a house in a few weeks and taking my un-used appliance with me in hopes of installing it there.” – Beverly Weber

• “My mother in law installed one in her house in Canada, after she found out my husband (who is Thai) and I were coming for a visit. Turns out it’s not quite as pleasant to use there. Arse pucker aplenty, when the ice cold water hits your nether regions. 😬😁” – Nadine Jackson

• “Born and raised and from a lineage of over a thousand years of washing and drying the bunghole. If your bits are clean they are more likely to get some random TLC!” – GODMUTHA GAMING

• “At the farm we have low water pressure and a good squeeze on the trigger is required. When we moved to a new house first time on the mains bum gun and using the same technique! Surprised I’m still here!” – D Procter

• “Can Jay say Bangkok smells again?! 🤣🤣🤣” – Rohit Tharwani

• “Once you master the knack of the bum gun it’s far more effective than TP, and more hygienic.” – Ken Lizzio

• “I find it strange that most of the world is still using the “Stoneage way” of cleaning!!” – harry viking

• “Bum gun then toilet paper….best of both worlds.” – kurt stuart

• “Honestly though you take a shower to clean your body, why do we (westerners) use paper to clean the pooper 🤷‍♂️🤔” – West Tx Greg

• “Kudos for Bum Guns, NOT toilet papers, save the trees 🎄 🎄🎄🎄!” – Ivan Alvarez

• “Bum gun of course. But times when public bum gun’s water force scares the shite out of you lMOA.” – Y F X

• “Someone else calls it arse blaster! I thought it was just me.” – tw25rw

• “There is nothing like a bum gun with good water pressure on my lady bits 😂” – TravelingMama

• “To be environmentally friendly should use a bum gun initially and then dried with a small towel.” – Stephen Tyas

• “Bum gun to clean, paper to dry, anything else is just barbaric, I’ve installed a BG where ever I’ve lived for the last 20 years, it just can’t be beaten.” – Les Green

• “Bum Gun defo, I’ll shake hands on that!” – Jonathan Smeth

• “You wouldn’t think the bum gun is the answer if you lived in Maine. The water is damn cold here.” – Rick Moody

• “Bum guns are one of my favorite things about Thailand! I really wish they would install them in the US. After so many years of living here, it is hard to do without when I am in the US.” – Ruth Erickson

• “If I had some poop somewhere else on my body, I would never think I was clean enough if I wiped it away with some paper. Back in farangland I now use wet wipes after my nature calls, given the lack of “bun guns”. – Niklas Paulsson

• I’m afraid to touch a bum gun in a hotel, it’s likely covered in invisible faeces particles. I’d only use one if I had one at home that only I had used, ever”. – PLM

• “Septic tank. My partner’s house does not have mains drainage, hence toilet paper is not allowed.” – Argonaut

• “Paper is medieval.” – Liam O’driscoll

• “Toilet paper then Bum gun.” – Larry Conley

• “What are consequences of blasting bacteria infested water into rectum?” – Wil Rose

• “Better clean out. quicker. no mess.” – Grae Rindley

• “Bum gun is for the toilet not ur arse imo 🙄” – Mac

• “Never used one before. Don’t you need tissue after your arse is all wet from the gun. Lol.” – robert maddelena

• “For those who get constipated in Thailand, BG for sure. Shifts eerything.” – Maxine B

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Life’s important questions… Is there a God, Honda vs Toyota, bum-guns (aka. arse-blasters) vs toilet paper.

It’s a cultural shock either way. If you’re an Asian travelling to the west you may be left pondering what happened to the water gun, usually found casually hanging on the wall next to the toilet. Or if you’re a westerner heading to Asia, you’ll wonder what in earth that water gun is.

In the west they not only use toilet paper exclusively, it’s often patterned (why?!).

Asian people, generally, have been happily washing their nether regions after Number 1s (ladies) and Number 2s forever. Why hasn’t the West caught on? Millions of westerners have now discovered the unbridled joy of a quick squirt down below in Asian countries but appear to left the secret behind. Yes, there’s bidets in some countries but the Asian bum guns usually provide a full mains pressure solution, and not just a polite squirt.

In Japan the bidet has been taken to a higher art form, deserving of a full mini-series.

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So which is better for your bum, butt, rear, rump, tush, arse, bottom or buttocks?

Some enterprising scientists have done the research and the bum-gun comes up the winner (some people get all the good jobs). An American rectal surgeon in New York, Dr Evan Goldstein, told a squeamish audience at ButtCon (basically Comic-Con, but all about bottoms instead of comics) that a squirt with water is actually a much better way to clean yourself after going the toilet.

WARNING: Now it starts getting a bit gross.

Asians already know that using toilet tissue after defecating basically means you will simply smear that faecal matter around, without actually cleaning the area. If you’re eating a low-roughage diet the problem becomes worse.

Butt, we digress.

Washing with water will thoroughly clean the area of any trace of faeces. A bit of well-aimed water pressure for a few seconds will do a much, much better job than a few metres of patterned toilet paper! Finishing the spray-job with a quick wipe of tissue paper will then leave your backside feeling cleaner and fresher after every poop!

“Besides being a better cleaning agent all-around, only wiping your bum using tissue can actually lead to injuries.”

Dr Evan Goldstein, speaking to Insider, said that the skin on the anus is quite thin and delicate. And dry toilet paper can be abrasive.

“This is why wiping too many times, or any harsh actions, could lead to painful tears, or tears, and even bleeding.”

Some Americans have now taken on the idea of cleaning up with water and agree that using a bidet to wash your backside can be more comfortable than toilet paper. Especially for people who just had surgery, given birth, or experience irritable bowel syndrome. Scientists now also universally agree that a squat toilet is healthier than a sitting on a porcelain throne… but one thing at a time!

The contentious topic, a favourite at ButtCon, now comes down on the side of the wet finish rather than the paper finish.

But not all research on bidets or ‘bum guns’ is positive. A large study of women in Japan in 2010 found that frequent use of bidets could interrupt the normal bacterial flora in the vagina and lead to infection.

So, it’s more hygienic and, well, it feels better (come on, admit it!). But there’s also plenty of other reasons to back the bun-gun. The average American reportedly uses 3 rolls of tissue a week, the whole country goes through about 36.5 billion rolls a year. And how much water goes into making one roll of tissue paper? About 140 litres. The production of that pure white toilet paper uses even more water. Making tissue also involves the pulping of millions of trees, and using tonnes of chlorine.

And then there’s all the energy involved in manufacturing, the packaging and transporting of the rolls of paper to retail outlets. Tissue paper is also known to clog plumbing and force city sewer systems and water treatment plants to work much harder.

So, next time you’re reaching behind and having a quick squirt (please aim carefully), you’ll feel better knowing that your backside, and the environment, is probably happier with the end result.

Either way, always wash your hands after the performance is over.

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Tim Newton

Tim joined The Thaiger as one of its first employees in 2018 as an English news writer/editor and then began to present The Thaiger's Daily news show in 2020, Thailand News Today (or TNT for short). He has lived in Thailand since 2011, having relocated from Australia.

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