Analysis #4: His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society

Zhenhua Xi

10.30.2016

Professor Hoskins

Analysis #4

The Summary of His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society

     In the article of “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society”, Suzanne Tick claimed that, because of having a critical eyes on society’s issues and having the responsibility of promoting the environment of acceptance, designers have to create the gender-neutral design for that everyone can have their own individuality. To begin with, the author introduced the phenomenon and trend in the world that there is obscureness between definitions of masculine and feminine at present, then she gave us some specific examples to explain this phenomenon. She believed that those trends of gender-neutral firstly appeared at beauty and fashion, and, in opposite, architecture and interior design process slowly to have the unisex acceptance. In other words, there are still a lot of puzzles in unisex environment, so designers need to solve those problems.

      In many areas, today’s design are mainly from male’s perspective, because males have a big power and hold the dominating role in the history. However, with the cause of gender equity and some movements such as LGBTQ rights and acceptence of same-sex marriage, women play a more prominent role, especially in the workplace. As a result, many designers start to think that how they could combine the gender understanding with their works.

      In some areas, designers have already embraced the trend of gender neutral, such as beauty and fashion and the position in work, to complete the wish that people do not want to be identified as one or another, so it illustrates the main argument that  designers have the responsibility of promoting the environment of acceptance and create the gender-neutral design for that everyone can have their own individuality.Due to have fast cycles, beauty and fashion design were faster than architecture and interior design to follow the trend of unisex, such as Alexander Wang’s women’s coat from Fall 2015 has masculine tailoring with a military look, which was making that outlooks of males and females become more confusing and similar. In addition, “transgender people were viewed as outcasts,”(Suzanne Tick, 2015) but they can become the CEO of a big corporate now. All of these explained that gender neutral starts blending into our life and word gradually.

      At present, we still have some problems of unisex in public places and office, and the mission of designers is making people feel more adapted through gender-neutral designing. People always feel sensitive about privacy issues. For example, bathrooms are a serious puzzle part of addressing gender inclusively, because it is very embarrassed for them to choose which bathroom should they go. Therefore, designers need to begin universal design in order to make people could do what they want to do, no matter who they are.

      All in all, in order to embrace the trend that “masculine and feminine definitions are being switched and obscured”(Suzanne Tick, 2015), designers have to create universal design. Only in this way, could people live in the gender-neutral and individuality environment and collaborate closely.

Work Cited

Tick, Suzanne. “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society.” METROPOLIS. N.p., Mar. 2015. Web.

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