The more modern uniforms seem, in general, to be lacking significantly when it comes to easy access for bodily function purposes (ahem). This suggests that access is nowhere near as high in demand.

Is there a satisfactory explanation for this in-universe? Perhaps, far enough in the future, bodily functions will no longer be a required part of life?

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    From this thread, toilets do exist. I'd put the uniforms in the same category as female warriors' armour that leaves a lot of skin exposed: it's meant to look good, not practical or realistic.
    – user56
    Jan 28, 2011 at 19:20
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    The brigs always seemed to lack them
    – user30472
    Jan 4, 2015 at 17:14
  • Miniaturization has entered the world of diapers as well. Oct 25, 2015 at 18:08
  • @eliyahu-g The brigs have them, there just isn't any privacy. They slide out of the wall the same as the sink.
    – user11521
    Apr 6, 2016 at 15:57
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    Reminds me of the old joke that goes: "Picard to transporter room 3. Beam the contents of my bladder 300 meters off the starboard bow."
    – user11521
    Apr 6, 2016 at 15:58

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I don't think it's stretching the imagination much to think that possibly the uniforms have better accessibility than they look, or than they would if made using present-day technology. If we can have warp drives and FTL nanoprocessors, we can probably have invisible fabric seams that separate easily when tugged a certain way (clearly that way is not a quick tug downward from both sides of the torso) and rejoin as readily.

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    These types of clothing seams were in Asimov's Robots series.. they looked solid until touched in the proper way. Jan 28, 2011 at 20:24
  • +1 for a quick tug downward from both sides...seriously, if uniforms are made so much better, can't they fit better too??
    – morganpdx
    Jan 28, 2011 at 20:55
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    From the common disasters wrought by the average touch screen, I better hope touch cloth is thoroughly debugged before it goes public.
    – MPelletier
    Jan 28, 2011 at 21:35
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    I would prefer a small transporter inserted r...
    – DampeS8N
    Jan 29, 2011 at 23:59

I prefer to stretch the imagination and guess that the uniforms are fitted with one-way-nano-beam-me-up-drives that do not require routine maintenance. (One-way is the key part of the description.)

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    Gives a whole new meaning to transporter malfunction.
    – user1197
    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:52
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    Sorry sir, it appears that part of your rectum found its way into the transporter opening. Feb 17, 2012 at 14:42

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