If iphones aren’t built for women, why on earth do we still buy them?
It’s one of those moments that make your blood boil. I had paid several hundred pounds for a fancy new desk – one where the surface would motor up and down so that I could write while standing or sitting – waited weeks for delivery, lugged its absurdly heavy pieces up five floors, tried to assemble it, badgered my husband to assemble it, and then sat down for the first time and found it was too tall.
Even in its lowest possible position, it forced me to sit either so that my elbows were bent uncomfortably upwards or my legs were dangling from my chair. I am an average-height woman. It was plain, therefore, that the desk was designed with only men in mind.
So I have some idea of the rage apparently felt by various feminist campaigners over the launch of the new iphone X-whatever, which will be available only in a large size. Caroline Criado-perez, who campaigned to install the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square, complained that large iphones give her repetitive stain injury.
“We should be furious about this. We are paying just as much money for it as men for a product that doesn’t work as well for us,” she said. “Soon there will be no iphone that fits the average woman’s hand size.” She might have to make do with a phone that
It was plain that my new desk had been designed with only men in mind
is “two years out of date”, she added.
I’m torn. I’m torn between sharing that feeling of rage whenever companies act as if male bodies are the default (as in seatbelt-testing or medical studies) and my contempt for people so obsessed with Apple products that they think it is some kind of human rights violation when the latest release doesn’t suit them.
If you don’t like it, buy a different phone. Send back your offensively male, ergonomic desk. Vote with your feet.
Or at least stand on them to write at your clever, new, adjustable desk. Neither of which I ever did, of course.
Man-sized? Newly launched iphones the Xs Max (right) and Xs have been called ‘sexist’