Extending a bit from the man box, this episode looks at the impact of design on women – this time, with a designer in the conversation, as Sam comes back for another conversation. This week’s challenge: observe the world around you and who it is – and is not – designed for.
With the recent public discourse around “boys being boys” and the associated impact on women, I spent some time looking at how our world and communities are designed. What I found (which won’t surprise most women) is that most aspects of the world we encounter are not designed with women in mind — likely because they are often designed without the input of women. This episode dives a bit into how our communities, tech, and other aspects of our lives are designed, and sheds some light on how those designs impact women. It’s clear that we could use some re-designing, and that includes some social redesigning to move away from the harmful societal expectation that “boys will be boys.”