(DRAFTING) Publix at Piedmont: Merging the Downtown, Midtown, and Old Fourth Ward Communities of Atlanta

When I was first hired, my department manager told me, “I’ve worked for Publix for [X] years and this is the most interesting store I’ve ever worked at. We have to deal with things that most stores will never encounter.” Unlike Joseph, I would have nothing to compare my store experiences to. One of the main reasons why I chose to attend school in Atlanta was because of the vast diversity of the city. While I do see the diversity of population at Georgia State and other public places in Atlanta, self-segregation is blatant in most observations. Segregation was legal in the city a little over 50 years ago, and even though the spearhead of the Civil Rights Movement took place in Atlanta, the strife of racial bias continues to...

Should “He & She” Still Exist?

Gender fluid tank. “Identity is no longer clearly defined as female or male, but by increasingly visible manifestations of sexuality or lack thereof.” This quote, among many in Suzanne Tick‘s article “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society,” suggests that binary gender identification is currently being defied. In some cases, “traditional” gender roles (as we know it) have been manipulated and switched around. Tick argues that designers should consider the societal shift in their work to encourage the use of post-Modernistic styles, which will complement the progressive movement in identity. An example of post-modern design. Wide, open space. Large windows. Tick states male dominance is still heavily prominent in design, especially where the Modernistic form is still present. In other industries, such as in technology, male employment is statistically higher. Today, women are increasingly gaining access to leading positions and this change has been reflected in the architecture of buildings and selected materials used in the interiors. Since fashion trends change so often, they are first to undergo modification. A coat form Alexander Wang’s Fall 2015 clothing line had typical men’s style tailoring. Annemiek van der Beek debuted “a collection of make up for men“, though usually, make up is targeted to women. In defying gender, Tick included an account of students not putting their gender, refusing to identify with male or female. At the end of that paragraph, she refers to her audience using “we”, referring to her fellow designers about the need to accept nontraditional gender roles. The last section of her article shifts to the topic of bathroom and those issues should be dealt with in the workplace. She...

Intimidate, Frustrate, and Accommodate: The Fight for Equal Rights to Public Restrooms

Under a New York Times Magazine collection of essays titled “First Words”, Emily Bazelon explores something most people in the United States would consider a simple right: the act of using a public restroom. In contrast to the aforementioned statement, reality reveals access to public restrooms is not as welcoming to a progressive population of individuals who identify as transgender. This struggle has since driven a call of action for “accommodations” to be made in favor of the implementation of gender neutral restrooms. Bazelon opens the article with a general description of most public restroom entrances; a door (or the adjacent wall) adorned with an acrylic sign, labeled either for men or women. She addresses the reader in second person: “They’re fundamentally fraught spaces, where we undress and obey the dictates of our bodies and therefore feel vulnerable. If people think you’ve confused male and female and walked through the wrong door, you risk discomfort, or even real trouble.” Man campaigning against Houston’s equal rights ordinance The first instance of legislation discussed in the article was a proposed ordinance for the city of Houston, Texas. It would have defended individuals against discrimination in public spaces, which included restrooms. Groups in opposition of the ordinance created a grim campaign video (also inserted below) that focused on violence in bathrooms to sway voters not to pass the law. School districts are also handling transgender rights, on a case by case basis. After defining the origin of “accommodate”, Bazelon provided examples of historical accommodations in the United States. Citizens have been granted permission to observe religious practices in the workplace, and more recently,...

Midterm Writing Reflection

I hated writing. The traditional five paragraph essay bored me and I was forced ramble to meet a word count. I would have liked my writing to be short and straight to the point, but English teachers have harped about my work not being very descriptive. After coming to a conclusion, I realized I had no interest in what I wrote about. Your English 1102 class was a life changer for me. I was weary about the structure of the class, but I knew it would allow me to be more creative with my writing. For several years, I thought about creating a blog and this class was the perfect opportunity. In English 1101, I was given a handful of major writing assignments for the semester (all were research based), except one that was about my personal connection to a song. I lacked a certain element on each...
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