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“His & Her: Designing for a Post-Gender Society” by Suzanne Tick is an article that evaluates the depiction of gender and the influence of acceptance in this changing society. Accommodating all ‘genders’ is something all designers “should focus a critical eye on society’s issues, need to work within this discourse and help promote acceptance and change”
Tick recognizes ‘design landscape’ as modernism and it being molded by male perspective. Even in history, men are seen as having power and strength whilst women are looked down upon. The dominance that men have in this society has been embedded historically in designs created to accommodate and work for them. In a world of technology, more than half being men, are often more involved and are more encouraged to work toward a more sustainable world. But after modernism, a rise in feminism occurred. In today’s news feminist are making more of a statement than ever before. Tick uses Emma Watson, an actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, as an example. She strives for men to join a movement that pushes for gender equality. The usage of this helps structure her argument for an equal society.
Men have started to realize that women are more prevalent in the workplace than ever before. This changes many things. Tick states “The time is ripe for designers to start questioning how they incorporate gender sensitivity into their work.”
Nowadays girls that look like boys and boys that look like girls isn’t completely bizarre. In order to recognize the changes in society in regards to gender, people have to adjust and conform. The people who don’t identify themselves as one or another have recently spoken up.”Corporations have taken note, and bathrooms have become the focus of this change.” These corporations have made it their mission to accommodate these people by including unisex and gender neutral bathrooms.
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The author makes it a point that making people of all genders feel accepted and included in this age “post-gender” is an ultimate goal. She concludes her article by addressing the importance of individuality today. “We need to design for the accumulation of different human beings who are out there by being respectful to individual needs, and creating environments in which people can have their own individuality.”

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