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Room with a view: Bathroom privacy losing priority
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls (IA) Courier ^ | April 21, 2006

Posted on 04/21/2006 9:28:24 PM PDT by xjcsa

The old song lyrics “I need a place to hide away” traditionally have applied to the bathroom in conventional culture.

It was the one comfort zone in which to be alone.

Don’t count on it.

The New York Times says attitudes about privacy are changing, and cutting-edge bathrooms have translucent glass or acrylic walls that make the interior visible from other rooms.

Joel Sanders, an architect and professor of architecture at Yale, has designed several see-through bathrooms. The shame about the body is not a factor for many clients, he told the Times. Ideas about privacy are more relaxed.

Some homeowners want no walls. One family put portholes in the door. Another used a blue glass through which only shadowy figures are visible.

The arrangement can be a problem for guests. The answer is two bathrooms or short visits.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: architecture; bathroom; bodyimage; cuttingedge; joelsanders; kinky; modestyisdead; noshame; nowalls; ondisplay; privacy; seethrough; sexualdeviant; yale
Ugh...
1 posted on 04/21/2006 9:28:27 PM PDT by xjcsa
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To: xjcsa
Ideas about privacy are more relaxed.

In there my sphincter would never relax.

Pass a comic book, please.

2 posted on 04/21/2006 9:32:31 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: xjcsa
"Bathroom privacy" ceases to exist once one gets married...if you're a man.

"Honey...are you reading in there?"

"Honey...can I get something from the cabinet in there?"

"Honey...will you be long?"

"Honey...can I just brush my teeth?"

...and yes...we have more than one bathroom. The fun never stops.

3 posted on 04/21/2006 9:36:04 PM PDT by Khurkris (Don't blame me. I never answer the phone.)
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To: xjcsa

I don't care for these new bathroom ideas. Some have no doors.


4 posted on 04/21/2006 9:36:54 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: xjcsa

Somehow this has been always "cuting edge" but never catches on.

Too bad some artsy fartsy types can't be forced to live in NORMAL environments in order to see what real people like, want, and are willing to pay for.

Seems only some kind of freakshow would want this manure.


5 posted on 04/21/2006 9:38:33 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: xjcsa

And yet they don't want the FBI seeing what they check out of the library...


6 posted on 04/21/2006 9:39:33 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: xjcsa

This has been the trend for master bedrooms for a long time. I truly don't think guest bathrooms have no doors or are see through...that's just ridiculous. When we designed our master bedroom suite the bathroom was an extension of it, so why have doors? Besides, I love looking at my husband! :)


7 posted on 04/21/2006 9:43:16 PM PDT by Hildy (Producing a penny now costs the government more than 1.4 cents)
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To: xjcsa
The New York Times says attitudes about privacy are changing ....

Who would know better than the New York Times?

8 posted on 04/21/2006 9:46:54 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Bend over and think of England.)
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To: Hildy

Guess they don't mind the smell...


9 posted on 04/21/2006 9:47:29 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Hildy
When we designed our master bedroom suite the bathroom was an extension of it, so why have doors? Besides, I love looking at my husband! :)

You really like looking at your husband taking a dump? I don't think anybody, man or child, is gorgeous enough that I'd actually love watching or hearing them defecate. And I don't want anybody to watch me moving my bowels or performing certain female functions in the bathroom. Yuck.

10 posted on 04/21/2006 9:49:31 PM PDT by Fairview
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To: xjcsa

Just another way to remove all boundaries......


11 posted on 04/21/2006 9:59:26 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: xjcsa

I have a fairly standard reply when I read things like this. It's two words:
F*cking. Freaks.

I remember a few years ago there were some "trendy" restaurants that had see through bathroom walls and doors.

At a restaurant.

You know who designed that?

F*cking freaks.


12 posted on 04/21/2006 10:01:37 PM PDT by j-damn
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To: xjcsa

This is DISGUSTING!! Joel Sanders must have been raised by WOLVES! What a sicko!! Obviously Low Class White Trash parents.


13 posted on 04/21/2006 10:05:37 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Hildy

What part of the country do you live where there is an open TOILET to the Master Bedroom??? YIKES.


14 posted on 04/21/2006 10:08:17 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: xjcsa

I've seen this in hotels. Not clear but the use of glass block or various translucent materials for the bathrooms in guest suits. It's a bit distressing at first but I'm not fond of those places which use only clear glass and walls of mirror in the bathrooms either. There's nothing like catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thinking someone's in the bathroom with you!


15 posted on 04/21/2006 10:10:14 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Don't use illegals: HIREPATRIOTS.COM)
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To: longtermmemmory
Seems only some kind of freakshow would want this manure.

New York Times interviewing an architect at Yale about bathroom design? That's a recipe for a freakshow if I ever saw one.

16 posted on 04/21/2006 10:12:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (deletum est carthago)
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To: Suzy Quzy

I've toured several model homes in Southern CA where there are no doors between the Master bedroom and the Master bath suite, just an archway.


17 posted on 04/21/2006 10:14:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Don't use illegals: HIREPATRIOTS.COM)
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To: xjcsa
The shame about the body is not a factor for many clients, he told the Times. Ideas about privacy are more relaxed.

There are some bodily functions that should not be viewed by anyone else.

18 posted on 04/21/2006 10:16:28 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: xjcsa; Captain Ray

That's lookin' awful soapy!

LOL!


19 posted on 04/21/2006 10:16:56 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: SuziQ

LOL!! I agree. I wish I had one more bathroom with no windows and another door that locks. One should say "women only". LOL!


20 posted on 04/21/2006 10:20:13 PM PDT by Lovergirl (Yes! It's true. I am a SnowFlake.)
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To: newzjunkey

I painted a bed/bath for a couple of gays in Ohio- no door to the bath but a roll-down steel fire door between the bedroom and the rest of the house.


21 posted on 04/21/2006 10:24:42 PM PDT by fat city ("Journalists are sloppy, lazy and on expense account")
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To: xjcsa
Ideas about privacy are more relaxed.

But that does not make it a good thing. I would like larger yard space separating me from my neighbors, so don't be telling me that I have less privacy in the bathroom.

22 posted on 04/21/2006 10:34:52 PM PDT by Ruth A. (we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last)
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To: Suzy Quzy
Joel Sanders must have been raised by WOLVES!

Thank you. This made me laugh out loud. When we were children and would do something really stupid or crass, my mother would say the same: "Were you raised by WOLVES?!" in exactly that tone of voice.

23 posted on 04/21/2006 10:48:28 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Fairview
And I don't want anybody to watch me moving my bowels or performing certain female functions in the bathroom.

You mean women actually move bowels?

24 posted on 04/21/2006 10:49:48 PM PDT by umgud (12 gauge, the original pepper spray)
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To: newzjunkey
there are no doors between the Master bedroom and the Master bath suite, just an archway

I've seen the same thing, but the commode is usually in a separate room with a door. At least it is in new homes here in Sacramento. I guess we're still old-fashioned enough to not inflict our bodily functions on others.

25 posted on 04/21/2006 10:50:08 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw
I guess we're still old-fashioned enough to not inflict our bodily functions on others.

And that is the key to the whole thing for me...isn't half of the reason for doors and walls to show respect for others as well as to retain one's dignity and privacy?

Respect...dignity...things this society is losing. Sigh. Makes sense to me that this appears in the New York Times...I hear that 'news'paper can be found in many bathrooms. And some people even use it for reading, too.
26 posted on 04/21/2006 10:57:12 PM PDT by LostInBayport (Massachusetts liberals refuse to admit we exist...we are the 37% of MA voters who voted for GWB)
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To: Lovergirl
"LOL!! I agree. I wish I had one more bathroom with no windows and another door that locks. One should say "women only". LOL!"

I took the area in my new house designed for a large "walk around" master bathroom and designed two, matching "his" and "her" bathrooms with pocket doors from each to a separate whirlpool tub room. Everyones happy.

27 posted on 04/21/2006 10:58:11 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: SuziQ
There are some bodily functions that should not be viewed by anyone else.

There are some bodily functions that should not be viewed smelled by anyone else.

28 posted on 04/21/2006 11:06:50 PM PDT by kittycatonline.com
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To: xjcsa
Sounds like a kinky hangup to me. "Hey everybody, let's watch Bob take a dump!"...or..."I love to show off my body while taking a crap. I want everyone to see my turds and the expression on my face and watch while I wipe my butt."...

No wonder the Islam-o-nazis want to blow us up.
29 posted on 04/21/2006 11:29:52 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: xjcsa
Hah, this guy never served in the old military, where one SS&S in front of 40 other guys in the platoon barracks.
30 posted on 04/22/2006 12:01:14 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: xjcsa

You know, I was about to pass this on, er... pass this one up, but I just couldn't let it go without comment. If this isn't the best example I've seen in a while of what we old timers used to call "Fashion Law" I like to hear it.

Imagine. Some clown writes about this totally non-existant "trend" as though it was all a done deal, and, well, just get used to it.

What tripe.

This is plain ridiculous, and presumes so much upon the reader and reveals so much about the writer's stupidity that it sounds like something from the 13th century.

If you're thinking of buying stock in translucent bathroom materials, stick with gypsum drywall and stink pipes, 'cause they are going to be around for a long time yet to come.


31 posted on 04/22/2006 1:10:40 AM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: umgud
You mean women actually move bowels?

Yes, but when we do the product is peach-pink, fluffy, and smells like a hybrid tea rose. And we don't make gross noises, either.

32 posted on 04/22/2006 7:03:21 AM PDT by Fairview
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To: newzjunkey

I am NOT talking about open bathrooms....I am talking about open and exposed TOILETS....HUGE difference. This article is about exposed TOILETS!!!


33 posted on 04/22/2006 7:10:32 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: Suzy Quzy

Well, the toilet wasn't in full view from the main bedroom it was in a separate area OUT of view...but no door, actually, it had a door, but I had French doors...so it might as well have had no doors. Any there really couples who care if their spouses see them on the toilet?


34 posted on 04/22/2006 7:50:18 AM PDT by Hildy (Producing a penny now costs the government more than 1.4 cents)
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To: Hildy

High end homes often have bathroom suites off the master with no doors between. However, most feature private doored toilets, but leave the sink and bathing features open. I think most of the freepers on this thread are imagining that the toilets are also open to bedroom view, which would be unusual.


35 posted on 04/22/2006 3:19:23 PM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: xjcsa
...an architect and professor of architecture at Yale...

Figgers.

36 posted on 04/22/2006 3:20:13 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: xjcsa

Every 14-year-old boy who reads this is going to panic.


37 posted on 04/22/2006 3:21:16 PM PDT by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: Katya

Well, of course not...


38 posted on 04/22/2006 5:21:39 PM PDT by Hildy (Producing a penny now costs the government more than 1.4 cents)
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To: xjcsa

We have a blasted window (46"x46") right over the bathtub ... grrr ... we have it covered in window fog stuff, a bamboo shade and a black curtain.


39 posted on 04/22/2006 5:24:11 PM PDT by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: xjcsa

I don't want bathroom privacy because I'm ashamed of my body any more than I want financial privacy because I'm ashamed of my bank balance. It's simply noone's business but mine. Why are people unable to grasp this concept?


40 posted on 04/24/2006 7:02:21 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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To: umgud
You mean women actually move bowels?

No, but they have other secret, women-only functions, usually including incantations and hosiery, that we would never understand, even if a woman broke her oath and tried to explain them to us.

41 posted on 04/24/2006 7:06:35 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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