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Project Fearless
Project Fearless is a space for any girl in Amsterdam aged 9-14 to get hands-on, break stereotypes, find her voice and create an impact.
Amsterdam  girls  kids  tweens  teens  lessons  power  feminism 
yesterday by zomigi
Sex-segregated public restrooms: an outdated relic of Victorian paternalism.
Yet the law often takes the narrower view: Many states follow the guidelines laid out in the Uniform Plumbing Code, which stipulates that “separate toilet facilities shall be provided for each sex,” with exceptions for very small businesses as measured in square footage and/or customer traffic. In the eyes of the law in these places, a business with two unisex toilets can be considered to have no toilets at all, since neither facility explicitly serves men or women.

Such laws date back to 1887, according to Terry S. Kogan, a University of Utah law professor and a contributor to the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing. One hundred and twenty-seven years ago, Massachusetts passed the first law mandating gender-segregated toilets, and many states quickly followed suit. Many of those laws have never been substantially modified, with obvious exceptions in progressive enclaves like D.C. and San Francisco, meaning that much of the United States’ toilet-related building codes reflect a literally Victorian prudishness that we might mock in other contexts.

These laws arose due to a confluence of several disparate contemporary movements, Kogan explains in Toilet. The centralization of labor in factories led to the centralization of human waste at work sites, which was carried away by recently developed plumbing technology that had itself been invented in response the newly realized germ theory of disease and the consequent sudden push to improve sanitation. Women’s growing presence in the factory workforce, and in public life more generally, triggered a paternalistic impulse to “protect” women from the full force of the world outside their homes, which manifested itself architecturally in a bizarro parallel world of spaces for women adjacent to but separate from men’s—ladies’ reading rooms at libraries, parlors at department stores, separate entrances at post offices and banks, and their own car on trains, intentionally placed at the very end so that male passengers could chivalrously bear the brunt in the event of a collision. The leap from parlors and reading rooms to ladies-only restrooms was not hard to make, although Kogan admits that “it is not at all obvious what led regulators to conclude that separating factory toilet facilities by sex would protect working women.” His research suggests that sex segregation was seen by regulators at the time as “a kind of cure-all” for the era’s social anxiety about working women.
architecture  sociology  feminism  culture  gender  history  trans 
2 days ago by rmohns
Architecture for the 99%: Dr. Harriet Harriss on Democratizing the Deanship, Inclusive Design Methodologies, and How the Younger Generation Can Lead — Madame Architect
I was appointed the editor of the college magazine called Pollen along with my friend (and now practice director of Urbane London) Holly Porter. We launched parties to broaden our network and connect to architecture practices, and ended up getting full sponsorship from Dayfold publishers to run the magazine. At the time however, I remember my architecture tutors insisting, “You need to just focus on your studio work.” I remember thinking in response, “Does that really just mean to obsess about nothing other than facades, plans, elevations, and the construction sections and so on?” Because that part of architecture just wasn’t enough for me - I had a bigger creative and intellectual apparatus, and wanted to connect architecture to other forms of expression and other critical matters beyond spatial production alone.
Then, the deanship at Pratt came up. I remember sitting down with a couple of my old feminist professors, women I’ve always hugely admired, to discuss it. Their response was that a deanship is “quite a narcissistic position,” and that deans are “often people that are primarily interested in serving their own individualistic agendas rather than those of their faculty.” I remember thinking, “But what if you could actually redesign the deanship to make it more democratic and inclusive?” I think that’s why in the end, I decided to go ahead and apply.
harrietharriss  architecture  designeducation  feminism  pratt  dean 
2 days ago by jarrettfuller
Women Make Up Over Half the Design Industry—So Why Are There So Few at the Top?
According to the 2019 AIGA Design Census, 61% of designers working today are women. The rate of female creative directors across the industry rose from 3% in 2008 to 29% today. While this number of women in leadership positions is certainly not the end goal, it indicates a positive momentum and genuine sense of progress. And with more than half of the industry being women, the chance to effect change is even more significant.

It’s even more encouraging to look at the number of women graduating with advanced degrees in graphic design. According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 60% of graduate graphic design degrees go to women (by contrast, it’s estimated that fewer than 50% of MBA students are women). However, this highlights the stark contrast between women in school and women in C-Suite positions. Why do these high numbers of female grads and working designers start to taper off the closer you get to the top?
eyeondesign  graphicdesign  feminism 
4 days ago by jarrettfuller
A new survey shows what really interests 'pro-lifers': controlling women | Jill Filipovic | Opinion | The Guardian
The “pro-life” movement is fundamentally about misogyny.

A Supermajority/PerryUndem survey released this week divides respondents by their position on abortion, and then tracks their answers to 10 questions on gender equality more generally. On every question, anti-abortion voters were significantly more hostile to gender equity than pro-choice voters.

Do men make better political leaders than women? More than half of anti-abortion voters agreed. Do you want there to be equal numbers of men and women in positions of power in America? Fewer than half of abortion opponents said yes – compared with 80% of pro-choicers, who said they want women to share in power equally.

Anti-abortion voters don’t like the #MeToo movement. They don’t think the lack of women in positions of power impacts women’s equality. They don’t think access to birth control impacts women’s equality. They don’t think the way women are treated in society is an important issue in the 2020 election.

They don’t believe sexism is a problem, and they’re hostile to women’s rights. Pro-lifers are sexists in denial – yes, the women too

In other words, they don’t believe sexism is a problem, and they’re hostile to women’s rights. Pro-lifers are sexists in denial – yes, the women too.
culture  feminism  politics  society  abortion  **** 
4 days ago by gpe
Yamiche Alcindor on Twitter: "President Trump today at the White House said to me: “Be nice. Don't be threatening.” I’m not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist to be told that while doing a job. My take: Be steady. Stay focused.
President Trump today at the White House said to me: “Be nice. Don't be threatening.”

I’m not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist to be told that while doing a job.

My take: Be steady. Stay focused. Remember your purpose. And, always press forward.
donald-trump  racism  misogynoir  feminism  yamiche-alcindor 
6 days ago by yolandaenoch

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