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Ain't I A Real Woman? Exploring Womanhood

by Han_ May 7, 2016
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It is a pictogram that was developed in conditions where the symbols best represented the scenario. Today they are a standard that metaphorically present a majority. Sure there are exceptions but it is like picking on the play/pause buttons or floppy disk save icon from days gone past.

This is an understandable attitude, but "there are exceptions" is a very different experience for you, vs. someone who is one of those exceptions.

This is very true. When it comes to the binary of gender segregated bathrooms it's very easy to distinguish male from female with the pictograms and that's what's important. I don't even remember being taught about them, it just always made sense that the skirted one is female and the trousered one is male.

That's kind of the issue with these sorts of things - they're often unacknowledged, and not taught. What about men who like to wear dresses or skirts? (Are those "Women's clothes?" What on earth does a piece of fabric have to do with a person's gender or sex?)

It simply comes down to cultural norms. I’ve lived in East Africa, where people wear kikoi (like a robe) and the symbols are recognised and understood. And in Scotland, land of the kilts. That’s part of the power of iconography, we even had an entire bullshit class dedicated to the topic in my product design and engineering course.