Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places by Kathryn H. Anthony

Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and PlacesClothing – pockets or no? My pet peeve has very little page space in this book, but it -is- pretty close to the beginning.

Not such a news flash: The world is easier for right-handed people than for lefties. The world is easier for middle-sized people than for very tall or very short people. The line for bathrooms is a lot longer for women than for men. Elderly people can’t always open ‘baby-proof’ items, and sometimes can’t open every-day items, being stuck without until someone comes to help them out.

Cars – everyone knows that women have pocketbooks, where are we supposed to put them while driving? And high heels make it hard to control the pedals – and if the heels jam, zap there’s a car accident.

Hard plastic clam-shells send people to the hospital when the knife cuts the person instead of opening the plastic package.

OK, the real news flash: ‘bathroom lines for women’ is not the only problem – sometimes the bathroom is further away. When men and women at a presidential debate have a 3 minute bathroom break, the men are back at the podium while the woman is still running along the corridors. “hahahah woman loses debate bec of the potty break” is not actually funny.

When the men’s bathroom had a 15 minute wait & the women’s bathroom had a 15 minute wait, the men were shocked and surprised and complained and got some of the women’s bathrooms converted to men’s bathrooms… for a resulting 5-10 & 25-30 min wait, respectively. Oh, that’s totally fair.

Also, unisex bathrooms let everyone wait on the same line.

 


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