America's Growing Obsession with Bathrooms

by Jan 12, 2007

Want to keep up with the other conspicuous consumers in your neighborhood? A Boxster won’t cut it any more. According to a photo-essay in Slate, your bathroom says the most about you:

Why did the bathroom become a focal point in the American home? Different explanations have been given: status-seeking, sybaritic self-regard, reckless extravagance. All can be argued, but why be so Puritanical? The commodious bathroom is less a symbol of wealth than an indulgence of wealth. If you can afford it—and obviously many Americans can—why not make the place where your day begins and ends as comfortable and pleasing as possible? I would add a bookshelf to this particular bathroom, but otherwise it’s about as nice as it gets.

View the photo-essay here.