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The Androchair: Performing Gynaecology through the Practice of Gender Critical Design
Royal Institute of Technology, School of Machine Design, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3386-2144
Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5189-9541
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).
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2017 (English)In: Design journal, ISSN 1460-6925, E-ISSN 1756-3062, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 181-198Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper highlights the important role that design plays when it comes to women's overall experiences of ther gynaecological examination. It exemplifies how the examination can become renegotiable through the practice of a critical design. We will reflect this in the design of the contemporary gynaecological examination chair (GEC). We used women's experiences as a starting point for the design of an Androchair (a conceptual male equivalent of the GEC), in order to make the experiences critically visible. Inspired by the view of the gynaecological examination as a performance where the Androchair is represented as a prop and was placed on a stage as a discussion object during a public seminar. The Androchair allowed for both critical and multiple readings of the GEC and through that, the gynaecology examination at large. Moreover, it stimulated a discussion about alternative ideas towards achieving a more positive experience. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Vol. 20, no 2, p. 181-198
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gynaecology, gender critical design, theories of performance
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Design Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35621DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2016.1261510ISI: 000396663900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85008319035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35621DiVA: diva2:1161832
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