Well, it looks like the Hipsters have decided to start doing it too ... in an entirely ironic way, of course [link].
Yep, it's true, there is a whole group of people who are trying a new form of toilet training for their youngsters, which pretty much consists of leaving the little dears diaperless and then rushing around after them, holding their naked butts over bowls whenever their face screws up.
Charming image, isn't it.
The theory seems to be that by using the "elimination communication" method ... yep, it's really called that ... the babies will become potty trained earlier and you save the environment by not using all those disposable diapers. Well the diaper think is definitely true, although I'd question the early potty training bit. Are kids only a few months old even able to control it?
To be fair though, it's not like this is just some new fangled concept that they've come up with. Our ancestors did it for thousands of years before diapers were invented, and there are still cultures in the world today where it's a common child rearing practice ... but any way you slice it you're still encouraging your kids to poop in public.
That can't be good.