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iPhone 6 Review: It’s Sexist

“Man hands” required?: Apple’s Phil Schiller introduces the iPhone 6 (not actual size)
When will the misogyny end?

Apparently, Apple’s iPhone 6 is just another example of sexism and male privilege in the tech industry.

“These are huge devices, and they will require big hands,” explained an article published in The Atlantic, titled “Are the New iPhones Too Big for Women’s Hands?”

“The larger the display, the more challenging things become for people with smaller hands. Often, those people are women.”

Apple isn’t the only technology company that has been accused of sexism for its phone designs. Last fall, the sociologist Zeynep Tufekci criticized the Google Nexus 4 as an example of “the gendered nature of tech design that has written out women from the group of legitimate users of phones.”

“As a woman, I’ve slowly been written out of the phone world and the phone market,” she wrote.

“I merely want a design that acknowledges that women exist,” she continued.

Tufekci treated this as a strictly gender-based issue, not addressing the fact that men can indeed also have smaller hands and women can have large ones.

This also isn’t the first time Apple in particular has been accused of sexism in recent months. The company has faced similar accusations for reasons ranging from the composition of its workforce to its refusal to allow a female masturbation app.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.


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