Suzanne Tick breaks down the gender revolution from an interior designer’s perspective.
In her “His & Hers? Designing for a Post-Gender Society,” Suzanne Tick argues for a social revolution in our contemporary design landscape, in which gender lines are crossed and blurred. Tick, a leading textile designer in the United States, insists that fellow designers in our time need to cater to this changing platform in our workplace (Tick). These need to cooperate because designers are the ones in charge of physically making a space comfortable for all; it’s not just about comfy chairs and nicely painted walls. It is about allowing for any individual that is different to feel included. The term ‘gender-neutral’ captures the essence of Tick’s message in this text. The author additionally focuses her argument on the workplace design. As Tick pointed out, historically men have been in the positions of leadership. However, now we have females like Emma Watson and Annemiek van der Beek really pushing for that gender-inclusive environment in which gentler interiors are taking shape. It is not about cutting down the male power; it is about expanding the power for all -men, women and everyone in between- to know. Tick writes, “In our post-gender world, masculine and feminine definitions are being switched and obscured.” She believes this is a product of an occurring “human phenomenon” (Tick). Transgender people are becoming prominent in places of position, for example. A specific component about her proposal for gender-neutral workplaces is that this mindset needs to be thought of as universal, which is something I can certainly agree with. Going beyond the workplace is imperative to have what Tick calls safe places. I personally do not agree with the terminology because I do not relate “safe” to “comfortable,” which is how I hope people come to feel in any environment. Nevertheless, Suzanne Tick’s overarching point is something I fully support.
The American textile designer names her piece “His & Hers?” because she is rejecting the idea that there still exists that division called the gender binary. Because of females taking on power roles, this wall has consequently been deconstructing itself; designers should cater to this. We are at a spot where even academic realms allow people to abstain from checking off a gender box; makeup lines strive to appeal to both men and women because, check it out, androgyny is a thing. And it is real. Once we take that step past feminism being a novelty and gender neutral bathrooms being strange, our journey can arrive to a destination in which individuals can determine which gender he, she, and they feel comfortable in while the physical environment constructors take that and make it into a real and inclusive space. Where gender lines fail to disrupt any social community and, as Tick insists, everyone feels comfortable enough to collaborate successfully.