reading analysis #6:
You used to be given a choice. Male or Female. Now, those two words that used to separate people, actually bring us together. Suzanne Tick, author of article His & Hers? Designing for a Post-Gender Society, explains how our corporate world is not only changing, but evolving for our new “post-gender society”. A society that is accepting of those who don’t identify male or female, and a society that actually builds each other up rather than tear one down. Tick gives examples such as women becoming more prominent in the work force and acceptance of gay-marriage. She goes on to say that fashion and beauty are the first to adopt this trend and keep it going, mostly because their at a more fast pace than architecture and interior design, “with 85 percent of tech workers at the top companies being male”. This is just one circumstance that is already beginning to change. And again as Tick said, “we are only at the very beginning with gender-neutral design, but having safe places for anybody to function and do what they need to do, no matter who they are, should be our first step”. While there is now a blur between male and female, some can become confused. Companies are transitioning into this new era and being extra careful not to offend anyone.
A perfect example of this is the American University bathrooms. There are certain bathroom not only throughout the dorm buildings, but other buildings on campus too that are open to gender neutrality. I think it’s a wonderful thing here on this campus to show our support for the LGBTQ community. Another personal example is the other day when I was creating a new email account specifically for work, and when asked about my gender it gave me more options than male or female. There was trans and a choice not to answer.
Tick, Suzanne. “His & Hers? Designing for a Post-Gender Society.” Metropolis. N.p., 15 Feb. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
The song, Same Love, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis came out a few years ago and was created to support marriage equality. While I was reading Suzanne Tick’s article, this song popped up in my head so I thought I’d share.