Anyway, the funny thing about these fancy places is what they call style. Like the bathroom last year that had a glass wall. Still don't understand that one. This year there were three of us, so we were in a room with 2 queen beds, and a bathroom that (thankfully!) had normal walls. But the bathroom did not escape the weirdness with the designs. For one thing, the faucet of the sink was really high, leading to excessive splashing over the countertop. But the really strange thing was the shower. It was a normal tub with a shower (except fancy, of course), but the door was not normal. There was a glass door, but there really needed to be two. When I first realized that there was nothing else to slide over to the empty open space, I figured, "Eh, surely it must work better than it looks like it works."
By the time we each took showers, it was like Noah's ark in that bathroom. Even the one door that was there let water underneath, straight onto the floor. Hard to take a relaxing shower when water's going everywhere! It was bad enough in the summer, but can you imagine coming in from a long day of skiing and trying to take a long, hot shower as the water goes everywhere? My sister said that she's seen this "design" on a few remodels on HGTV as well.
Whoever designed this place was going for a certain edgy look, which they achieved. But they ignored the fact that there is a function that has to go along with whatever look they pick. The function of the shower doors is to keep the water from going everywhere. The form looked quite nice, if a little different. My problem is that the function was ignored.
Aannd, back to Humanae Vitae. Bathrooms, Spiderman, and Humanae Vitae. They all get mixed up around here. Pope Paul VI acknowledges now, more than ever, the need for responsible parenthood. He knows that there are a lot of complex factors in adding more children to the family. He is no proponent of the so-called "Quiver full movement". That does not mean that we are good to go to use whatever kind of contraception in order to make these responsible choices: "With regard to man's innate drives and emotions, responsible parenthood means that man's reason and will must exert control over them." (Humanae Vitae, 10)
We cannot decide that sex can take any form that we want it to while disregarding the function.
From this it follows that they are not free to act as they choose in the service of transmitting life, as if it were wholly up to them to decide what is the right course to follow. On the contrary, they are bound to ensure that what they do corresponds to the will of God the Creator. The very nature of marriage and its use makes His will clear, while the constant teaching of the Church spells it out. (Ibid)Inherent in what sex is, is the ability to transmit life. It does not mean and has never meant that every act of sex will result in a child. It means that introducing plastic and artificial hormones into sex deprives it of what intrinsically follows from normal functioning. And, for the love of everything, it is not the same thing to only have sex during naturally infertile times! It's not the same thing. Which is more unhealthy? To say that I do not need the calories in that brownie, so I decide not to eat it? Or to eat the brownie and then choose to throw it up?
It is also necessary that sex be for the unity between the couple. That is just as important, and just as inherent in what sex is, and how it biologically works.
The designers of the bathroom wanted to redefine how things looked. They did, but because they ignored what was inherently needed for function, it led to a mess and lots and lots o' extra laundry. Redefining sex without considering what it actually is leads far more mess and headaches than a little (or, rather, a LOT) of water on the floor.