Annotated Bibliography Two, Unit Two

I utilized this source to further my research on interior design in a post gender society. This particular article discussed both clothing design and designing spaces in a way that makes them appealing to either gender, and even to those who don’t identify with a gender at all. Morely, Madeleine. “Can Design Be Genderless?” Eye on Design. AOGA, 25 Jan. 2016. Web. 20 Feb. 2016....

Reading Summary One, Unit Two – “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society” by Suzanne Tick

This article, written by Suzanne Tick, focuses on how our views about gender norms have changed over time and what designing for a society that is shifting towards being gender neutral. Despite the fact that the design theme most commonly used today is Modernism, which is quite masculine, there have been recent shifts toward feminism. This change can be attributed to celebrities like Emma Watson speaking out in support of equality for women and due to her status, she was able to reach the masses. Support of the LGBTQ community has also improved overtime, resulting in the legalization of same sex marriage in many countries. As more and more women have joined the workforce overtime, more of mother nature has been being incorporated in design, specifically in workplaces. Now most office buildings have windows, natural lighting, and views from at least a few of the private offices. People of today also want more open floor plans. This, combined with a shift toward textiles and carpeting create a more hospitable and soft interior space. More than just interior design is evolving along with the movement towards a more gender neutral society. A recent Alexander Wang women’s collection had military features and masculine tailoring, and a makeup line, Primal Skin, was created to cater to male customers. Some colleges and universities are no longer requiring students to give their gender when filling out paperwork. Androgyny is now incredible commonplace and becoming more and more acceptable every day. Some of the biggest changes being made involve restrooms. Many workplaces, restaurants, and stores are now offering unisex restrooms so that employees and patrons...

Reading Summary 3

The time we are currently living in, is one of both political and social upheaval.  We currently experiencing the end of establishment political party control in our elections with the rise of presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  Their is a current backlash in many American’s mind withe the perceived “political correctness” of society combined with the silencing of differing view and opinions. Socially, many marginalized groups are protesting the actions society has enforced for generations. Last year, was a major social wave with the Supreme Court ruling that state bans on the marriage between to persons of the same sex, was unconstitutional and gay marriage was allowed in all 50 U.S states. Currently a new battle is being waged  for more inclusion of many newly franchised trans gendered people into the American workplace and culture. One current battle is explained in Suzanne Tick’s , “His and Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society”,  as she explains the growing number of businesses and organizations in this country who are making many bathrooms gender-neutral instead being set and designed for one gender. From the beginning to the very end, she explains the changing ideologue of many Americans and the importance of  making society more inclusive and beneficial for once oppressed groups. In the beginning of the article, Tick reflects the current view in American society. Many of the traditional roles that society has placed on opposite sexes are starting to come to an end. Boys are now starting to play with girl dolls and girls are now exploring different sports that were once seen as too “boyish” for delicate...

Gender and Identity : A summary of “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society”

In the article, “His and Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society”, Suzanne Tick observes the gender phenomenon that is happening around us today. She looks at the idea that gender is an evolving thing and “identity is no longer clearly defined as female or male, but by increasingly visible manifestation of sexuality or lack thereof.” She goes to explain that it is the fashion designers who need to zoom in on the issue of gender equality. According to the author we are led by a predominantly male perspective called “Modernism”. The things created around us such as the male office, are primarily designed for the needs of a male and the women secretaries are only offered supporting areas. The issues about gender in the workplace have calmed down due to women taking control in the workplace. Women like Emma Watson, have conducted a movement to promote feminism and gender equality. The LGBTQ community has also taken notice to this phenomenon, especially with the idea of same-sex marriage being legal. The author believes it is important for the designer to think about “how they incorporate gender sensitivity in their work.” The author states the the architecture and interior design are “slower processes”. Fashion designers such as Alexander Wang, have created women coats that look more masculine.  Annemiek van der Beek’s has makeup that appeals to male customers. The author says that “gender roles” are making “outward appearances” confusing. Genetics your sex at birth, but people “can decide what gender to identify with”. The author mentions there are colleges and children in elementary school, who are standing up to gender identity. Some...
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