In order to understand better the Design Patriarchy, we have to look at the hierarchisation of creative disciplines from the feminist perspective. Women within the patriarchy are assigned the domestic roles of mothers, daughters, lovers, housekeepers or cleaners, therefore their creative activities historically could seldom happen outside of the household walls. Women couldn’t access the means of industrial production, and had to focus on the techniques available in their surroundings. Most of these techniques were crafting and involved weaving, ceramics, paper-cutting etc. These fields were assigned to women creators, since within the patriarchal view, women are ¨naturally¨ predisposed to these “organic” fields. The fact that women were meant to create objects which interact with the body such as clothing, textile, ceramics, also shows the gender-biased perspective, according to which, women are perceived through their physicality, and are attributed sex-specific skills. Men, on the other hand, are agents, planning, specifying, using the industry, they are "designers, architects", women are only makers, artisans. The division between craft and design has to be interpreted as a gender-biased one, which categorised some areas as “feminine” (ceramics, textile, dressmaking) thus inferior, and others - superior as “masculine”. Progress didn’t come even with Bauhaus.
Even though Walter Gropius claimed to open the doors of Bauhaus in Weimar for both sexes, women still were forced to study the “feminine” fields. Many of women designers at Bauhaus such as Gertrude Arndt, Annelise Fischmann Albers, Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp, achieved groundbreaking innovations in textiles, but the names mostly associated and praised with the movement are those of men architects and designers. How come a progressive-designwise school like Bauhaus, was also a very misogynist one?
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