Reading Summary #4

“His & Hers:Designing for  Post-Gender Society”   –  Suzanne Tick

          Nowadays, we are living in a community where gender cannot merely be accepted just by admitting it but by proving it. People need to work on accepting people for their own individuality. Modernism is a movement in the arts that modifies modern ideas or something new. This area is mainly dominated by the males. Males have a primary role in offices while women have a secondary role of supporting them.

          A video on Emma Watson presenting a speech that promoted the He for She movement demonstrated gender equality for both men and women. This video went viral all over the internet. It made people really think and ponder on this topic.As we all know, the debate on whether same-sex marriage should be accepted or not has been going on for years but has finally come down to a decision of being accepted in the society.

          As time progressed, women started to make their way into being more involved with the primary activities that men would get themselves into. While this change is happening, items that women use or buy like makeup attract the attention of men. This has taken into fact that the roles of men and women are being switched.

       Physical appearances sets confusion for people who try and identify people using their physical characteristics. This is because many of the characteristics tend to overlap each other in both men and women. So it would be hard to distinguish genders. Decisions of not being identified through gender are being made. People even change their gender besides the fact that they are not transgender. Many schools accept what people for who they are and for who they think they are. This is a huge building block that a majority of us do not do.

       Trans CEO of United Therapeutics, Martine Rothblatt, is the highest paid female executive even though she is born male. Rothblatt published her book “The Apartheid of Sex” that argues how everyone has their own unique individual identity through gender. In this book, she states how social attributes play a significant role to identifying human sexuality. She also says that the division between men and women is as wrong as the division between black and white races.

        Large companies and a few colleges utilize gender-neutral or, in other words, unisex bathrooms just so that it would be convenient for both men and women. This was also done so that it would not disperse a sense of discomfort and instead let people feel like they are secure in person. Accommodation is something everyone struggles to deal with. It is not universally agreed by everyone. But can be controlled a a point where transgender people are merely humans just like we are.

        Creating an environment where transgender people can associate and feel comfortable in would be essential for them to grow individually. Disasters, arguments and fights can be held off for other purposes.Stepping out into the bigger picture, gender equality has been something that needs to be achieved and is somewhat still needs a little bit of working on.

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