Crash-test dummies based on the ‘average’ male are just one example of design that forgets about women – and puts lives at risk
In an edited extract from Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Caroline Criado Perez investigates the end of the average man. From heating in offices, cancer research, weight of building equipment, gender ‘neutral’ toilets, size of mobile phones, voice recognition systems, crash test dummies and the fitting of protective vests, Criado Perez highlights many of the gender imbalances created by thinking first about males. I am reminded of Geert Lovink comment on Team Human about the way technology is often designed for women, not by women. This would be an interesting investigation in school for design and technology to investigate who schools benefit more and possible suggestions or solutions.