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In a recent interview with The New Yorker, ACUH member Guy Geltner reflects on the growing amount of human excrement in the streets of San Fransisco. According to Geltner, for residents of a modern city in a supposedly sanitized society, the threat of human feces is symbolic: “We look at poop, and it embodies something greater than a disease,” he said. “It’s something about the human body and human body politic that we’re afraid of watching as we commute to work. Public defecation is associated with mental illness. It’s a loss of control. Who in their right mind, with the most minimal resources, would choose to squat between two parked cars. Who? To us, it’s this painful illustration of something gone unimaginably wrong. That’s more powerful than the actual biological dangers that these smelly piles pose.”