Reading Summaries 3 & 4

Tick, Suzanne. “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society.” Metropolis Magazine. Mar. 2015. Web. 06 Feb. 2016. Writer Suzanne Trick gives her realtors insight on how “gender-neutral design” is bound to become the next big thing in the workplace. We don’t initially pay attention that how offices are normally designed from men. We are so accustomed to the masculine theme of workplaces because of men’s power roles throughout history. The males’ needs were deemed as the most important, so the design of the workspaces had been catered to their needs. There is an apparent new wave of feminism. With help from Emma Watson and the LGBTQ community, there has become a more gradual acceptance of unisex spaces. “In the workplace, the barriers in hierarchies have started to come down as women have become more prominent.” Designers have started incorporating “gender sensitivity “into the spaces that they’re designing. Because of the growing trend of the obscuring of gender roles the accommodation for those in transgender communities and androgynists has become more necessary. In the workplace, bathrooms have become the main focus of this new trend that we’ve been discussing. Some coworkers aren’t comfortable with sharing a restroom with a transgender coworker. Now the concern becomes how can restrooms in the workplace accommodate all genders while respecting each individual’s needs. Bazelon, Emily. “Making Bathrooms More ‘Accommodating’.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 21 Nov. 2015. Web. 06 Feb. 2016. In this article Emily Bazelon points out that the word “accommodate” is often used when discussing bathroom access and can be both welcoming and hospitable, and compulsive. It has...

Annotated Bibliography of Suzanne Tick’s Position On Post Gender

Gender as Political and Social Tick, Suzanne. “His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society.”Metropolis Magazine. N.p., Mar. 2015. Web. 17 Feb. 2016. Suzanne Tick Suzanne Tick is “the creative director for Teknion Textiles, design consultant for Tandus Centiva, and the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc.” Tick states that “Identity is no longer clearly defined as female or male, but by increasingly visible manifestations of sexuality or lack thereof” ( Tick par. 1). One example of how gender is slowly becoming undefined is how “Alexander Wang’s women’s coat from Fall 2015 has masculine tailoring with a military look, while Annemiek van der Beek’s Primal Skin makeup line has been designed to be appealing to the male buyer” (Tick par. 5). In some education systems, they accepting gender to be “unspecified.” Public bathrooms in large companies like Google are being developed as unisex. The purpose of this article to encourage designers to create infrastructures, clothing styles, and other designs to accommodate for the new “wave” known as post gender.  The intended audience are designers. This article is useful because it displays that without the push of designers to create a post gender environment, individuals who are unable to define their specified gender would never be comfortable in this...
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