Should Design Be Genderless?
DR. BADRINARAYANAN SRINIVASAN
Male and female are genders that the society ascribes to the biological sexes of men and women. However, scientific studies have shown that our brains can have characteristics of a male or a female, irrespective of sex or gender. Dr Badrinarayanan Srinivasan summarises some key concepts to explore if designers should adhere to gender roles.
The Divine Duality
PRAKRITI SAXENA & APARNA MUDI
The Indian mythology is full of characters who have broken the gender norm. Not just Shikhandi, even gods have explored duality. With inputs from Gagan Goel
Rise Of Creative Economy: Women To Lead By 2030
MEHA JAYASWAL & SUSMITA MUKHERJEE
Women comprise half of the workforce in the Indian economy and moving to a more ‘creative’ economy will further widen the scope. We discuss the findings presented at the recent FICCI Higher Education Summit 2019 and means to adopt futuristic, disruptive, gender-inclusive creative processes and technologies in higher education for the creative economy.
Gender And Fashion Viewed Through Spiritual Prism
SUMIT K. PRIYADARSHI
Indian scriptures enunciate that the soul is immortal and the body is transient – our bodies only reflect the deeds of our past. If our soul remains unchanged, then why do we have to dress in a way that society approves of? Sumit K. Priyadarshi attempts to explore the spiritual side of human life vis-à-vis the society and its mores and understand fashion can reverse the society’s conformist gender preferences.
GURPREET KAUR, MINAKSHI SINGH, CAHAT JAIN, AYESHA DIXIT
Out Of Closet: Gay, A Necessary Label For The Fashion Industry?
Quick exchanges of curious glances are not rare if a man says he is a part of the burgeoning fashion industry. The perception that men in the industry are effeminate or homosexual leads people to judge everyone in that light. Karan Singh speaks to some of renowned names in the fashion industry to find out if that is true.
Genderless: Where Patriarchy Meets Matriarchy
As a member of the baby boomer’s generation and a flower child of the seventies, I never questioned my feminine psyche beyond the feminist demands of Gloria Steinman’s demand for equal rights and freedom as our male flower children.
The Open Letter
One does not need to be beautiful in the conventional terms to become beautiful. Beauty is more about how you perceive yourself, expressed through loving oneself and self-confidence. This anonymous letter to all girls and women who are made to feel short of the ‘standard’ urges them to rise up to their own expectations first.