His, Her, They- Reading Analysis 6

In Suzanne Tick’s article “His Her? Designing for a Post- Gender Society” she discusses how masculine and feminine roles are being challenged. She goes into more detail by describing how design ties in with Modernism. This concept of “Modernism” is deeply rooted within a male perspective. “Historically, men have occupied power roles in offices, so male necessities dictated the design of prime spaces, while the female secretaries occupied ancillary areas.” Tick notes that men typically generate the conversation and are the subject of most occupied spaces. This article dismantles this idea of what society calls “gender” and instead raises questions pertaining to how we identify ourselves. Multiple examples are brought up especially from students at universities who refuse to conform to either male or female.

Tick does bring up the argument that it can also be somewhat confusing, especially now that girls look like boys and boys look like girls. In order to support her claims though, Tick mentions androgyny and how this has served as a commonplace. It is different for us now especially in this new generation because labels are slowly diminishing. As a society, we have realized that it is okay to be other. Being transgender or non-binary is no longer seen as being an outcast instead they are now being accepted, the problem is that social spaces are needed for these individuals to feel like they are being accepted.

This flag is unique compared to the LGBTQ flag. It does not showcase the primary colors of the rainbow, instead, it features lighter colors that can be mixed in with the primary colors.

Gender, Urban Development and the Politics of Space

  • This article relates really well to the above analyisis.

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