a.Health and Fitness
Hralth & Fitness
Women’s bodies tend to be closely monitored and controlled for better and sometimes for worse. As opposed to doulahs, women in hospitals are often not given as many choices. There have been cases of child morbidity due to the expediting the birth with various drugs. Normally it is relatively safe and simply speeds up the process. The efficiency of this practice does free up hospital beds quicker for the next customer but can be dangerous for both patient and child.
c. GENDER NORMS
Diet tacking, self-discipline to reach normative feminine or masculine ideals.
c. ?? Feminity/Masculinity/Gender ideas . <- I’m not sure about this one. This idea might be outddated since we have had such progress in gender fluidity
Feminie hygeine products
things targeted towards masculinity (things to accentuate it, pressures to do so).
d. SLEEP & REST
Sleep tracking, quality of sleep, sleep hygiene, normalization of sleep needs? Not sure about this one yet.
Productivity and multitasking self discipline. I think this us usually helpful, but it is a form of biopower since people do “perform” by completing cognitive tasks and often multitasking becomes a self-encouraging activity?
e. ?? Productivity tracking apps - not really sure that this has negative social impllication per se. I like some of these apps for my own use and they replace unorganized email clutter. Still, if my exact times i spent per task were analyzed by coworkers, i would feel an uncomfortable pressure to comform to what is considered to be the “normal” speed of working, even if quality was sacrigiced in the process. The normalization of work habits and speeds could be a bad kind of pressure that misses the point of monopolizing on diverse strengths.
Trello (love this one, but is it forcing me to be too focused on getting things done?
Whatever Amazon uses to push their employees like cattle ;) and have them police one another. I
Despite Foucoult’s pessimistic view that self-policing and biopower is so decentralized that is cannot be overpowered, many thinkers and artists belive that there are still inequalities that can be addressed and in this way, biopower can be weakened or kept at bay. Of course, self-discipline is democratic in that there is no soverign entity enforcing exercise but the social and financial pressures of not adhering to norms can result in inequality due to the diversity of abilities. This normalization can and is being addessed by artists, activists, journalists. Examples - Unfit Bits, articles in feminist and other progressive magazines, etc.
Examples of interventions, social change
Create a taxonomy for your Field Guide. Is there any hierarchy to organizing your entries?
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Be conscious of your taxonomy, and consistency in your design efforts.
Develop a draft of entries for your field guide (minimum of 7). This does not have to be polished, but get a sense of word count, subjects, and writing style.
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