This paper examines gendered urban spaces that are shaped under/by the capitalist patriarchal system. Architectural standards recreate gender, racial and class hierarchies, just as local cultural productions reinforce specific notions of women-as-space. As a result, we are left with an unchallenged reproduction of gender binaries, and a reinforcement of what women are supposed to be and do. In the end, this paper attempts to disrupt these binaries and hierarchies through relocating our bodies and rewriting gender in space.
Author: Jana Nakhal
First published in Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research