Sunday, 31 August 2014

Non-specific woman?

I’ve been discussing this image with a group of students and many didn’t like the specificity of the image, especially the high heels.

Women at work

While I agree, it also made me think: if the ‘male’ body is the norm (as shown in the image below), how can women ever be represented non-specifically?

Men at work
Any ideas?


  1. Why do you want to represent women non-specifically? Women are something special, so they can only be represented specifically. (BTW: The same is the case for men)

  2. That’s a really good point! I was wondering about a non-specific way of representing women as ‘man’ is still often used in language and images as both generic and specific, while ‘woman’ is only ever specific. I suppose what I’m most interested in is a non-specific way of representing both women and men. In language, ‘person’ and ‘human being’ work well, but visually I can’t quite imagine an alternative. Fortunately others can, have a look at this link maybe this could work?