B. Definitely. As a mountain girl from Colorado, peeing and pooping outside was the norm for myself and my other outdoorsy and water/soil health conscious female friends. We actually enjoyed it so much that there were rating systems for bathroom breaks (class
3 involves a nice view; class 4, an exceptional view; class 5, wildlife sighting and so on). However, I just moved to rural Arkansas
to build a homestead and start a permaculture
farm and my propensity to wander off into the bushes seems to confuse and concern folks here.
I am a big fan of the squat and shake method, but I'm sure it would look silly to someone who might accidentally happen upon me with my bare bum waving around in the spring air. I think, after seeing above suggestions, I'm going to try bringing some water with me-that sounds quite refreshing.
Here are some things I've learned about peeing outside.
1) the closer you can get your hips to the ground, the better. Less splash, less chance of the stream wandering sideways to your leg.
I'm working on being able to squat with my feet flat on the ground like people in other cultures and children can, so that I can eliminate the way the human body is built to but I'm not there yet, so I generally achieve objective 1) by following
2)Pee on a hill. When you face downhill, your heels are higher than your toes, allowing us less-flexible westerners to comfortably squat without killing your quad muscles. Also, as stated in other comments, the steeper the hill, the more the stream will be directed straight down between your feet instead of puddling.
However, now that we've got a garden started, I think that using the nitrogen would be a higher priority than simply finding a place to relieve oneself, so I may try the bucket next to the compost pile or one of the standing peeing aids. I don't know if I have the aim to hit the compost squatting without standing right on top of it.
Thanks for opening up this topic on something so natural and cool (how amazing that waste from our bodies nourishes the plants that feed us and our non-human friends-seriously! It blows my mind). It's a shame that we're taught to see our bodies as 'icky', and conversations like this one are good for reminding us that we are integral parts of the natural cycle.