April 23, 2017 - mh9868a
RA 6: His or Hers?
In her article “His & Hers? Designing for a Post-Gender Society,” Suzanne Tick argues that the world needs to adjust to the new post-gender society. In other words, Tick says that the fashion industry is attempting to use clothing design to support the new gender-neutral society. Moreover, she also discusses several other platforms for gender neutrality support. Firstly, she describes the post-gender society movement by stating that traditional gender roles are being challenged, “by cultural shifts stemming from the evolution of sexual politics and media depictions of gender.” In other words, the media is starting to depict gender in a new way because of politics and culture. Ultimately, she insists that designers need to be a part of the media that is challenging traditional gender norms. That is, Tick says that clothing designers are helping to blur the definitive gender norms in regards to style.
Secondly, Tick discusses other ways the new gender-neutral society is being supported in daily culture. For example, she talks about the emergence and popularity of gender neutral bathrooms. Moreover, she discusses how the use of gender neutral bathrooms can make people feel accommodated for and included in public spaces.Also, she mentions how many college and job application forms are altering their gender identification checkboxes to be more inclusive, and some institutions have removed the gender checkbox altogether. So, public spaces are taking new steps to try to be more accommodating in the new post gender society.
Overall, Suzanne Tick argues that the world needs to adjust to the new post-gender society. To do this, she uses examples of public sphere accommodations and changes made by the fashion industry to blur the lines of gender norms. Consequently, a new wave of support for the post gender society is taking hold in the public sphere which, as a result, is normalizing the gender neutrality.