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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