In an article titled Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be. The featured image is that of a young woman, her back to the camera, staring out into an urban landscape, the imposing urban sprawl seems according to the gist of the authors piece, to intimidate the innocent little woman/girl/child immensely. So much so that cities apparently have to be redesigned to placate the anxiety of the most pampered and protected humans to ever exist, that is, women who live in modern urban cities. The article states the following.
At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event — a few speeches, lots of mingling, plenty of wine. But instead of making contacts to boost their careers, the women discussed how to use their collective power to improve the city.
“The grassroots, networking aspect of what is going on right now in the city is just extremely powerful,” Wendy Lewis Jackson, interim co-managing director for theKresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, told The Huffington Post. She was also a speaker at the Sister City event, which the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network held at the Urban Consulate, a new space that hosts conversations about city life.
“It is shaping decisions and conversations about improving the quality of life in the city as a whole,” she added.
The need for women-focused solutions in cities becomes clear when you look at how they have been ignored in urban design. The built environment — things like the accessibility of public space, zoning for housing and transportation design — can marginalize women and jeopardize their safety.
Women use cities differently from men in many ways, according to the American Planning Association and Cornell University’s Women’s Planning Forum: They have higher poverty rates and different housing needs, are still “responsible for the majority of housework and childcare” and “have unique travel behavior related to their combination of work and household responsibilities.”
Cities’ plans overwhelmingly don’t address women’s needs, their planning or zoning boards aren’t aware of them and local developers aren’t responsive to them, according to a 2014 survey of more than 600 planners that is cited in the report.
Some of the challenges women face may seem simple, such as having to navigate poorly maintained sidewalks or stairs with a stroller or use restrooms without trash containers or changing tables. But many are more consequential, such as avoiding public transit rather than facing conditions, like desolate and poorly lit bus stops, that make them feel unsafe.
The unopologetic arrogance of female entitlement never ceases to amaze. We see classic instances of female hypoagency and victimhood mentality coming through here,
They have higher poverty rates and different housing needs, are still “responsible for the majority of housework and childcare”
They also have a social safety net funded primarily by men that works in concert with a family court system that gives women child custody in the vast majority of cases, yet when convenient, the presumption of motherhood is another notch on the belt of patriarchal oppression against women.
“But many are more consequential, such as avoiding public transit rather than facing conditions, like desolate and poorly lit bus stops, that make them feel unsafe.”
No mention about the homeless men who have to resort to sleeping in those bus stops during winter months, no mention about how many cities are manufacturing and installing bus stops and park benches that contain spikes and other deterrents specifically designed to keep the mostly male homeless away.
The article just gets more ridiculous
as it goes on, read for yourself if you don’t believe me