The deadly truth about a world built for men

Why do you believe the average smartphone size is 5.5 inch now? 

While the average male can operate his mobile in a single hand, the average hand of the woman is not much larger than the handset. For a corporation like Apple, this obviously creates frustration, as research shows that women are more likely to own an iPhone than males.

James Ball, a technology journalist and writer, has a theory as to why the large screen addiction continues: men own more high-end smartphones than women. Is it true that women do not buy high-end cellphones for products other than Apple because they do not want smartphones? Or is it because smartphones were not designed for women? On the plus side, Ball says that these displays won't go much bigger since they've hit the men's hand size limit, which is great news for men but a bummer for women. I've always been pleased with previous iPhones and Android phones that were hand-compatible.

Another issue: For most new iPhone users, Siri is more than simply a virtual "assistant" who can help you organize meetings, discover a good local pizza, or predict the weather.

She, too, is a she.

Siri replies to questions with a deep, briskly efficient, and definitely feminine voice that is part-human, part-robot. (At least in the US and four other countries.) In France and the United Kingdom, Siri is a male.) The software is described using female pronouns. Because of her femininity, some people have assaulted Siri with sexually suggestive questions, such as "What are you wearing?" (perplexed response: "Why do you keep asking me this?")

Concern over Siri's gender raises up a bigger question: Why are so many AI (artificial intelligence) voices are feminine, from voice-mail systems to GPS gadgets to Siri and beyond?

These eerie silences may be found everywhere, and they are caused by a gender data gap. The gender date gap is characterized- by a female "missing presence" in films, news, literature, science, city planning, economics, and the tales we tell ourselves about our past, present, and future.

These silences, which are all too often, have ramifications. Every day, they have an influence on the lives of women. Struggling to reach a top shelf placed at male height standard might have a modest influence. This is not a life-threatening situation. Not like dying from a knife wound because your police body armour doesn't fit you correctly or crashing in a car whose safety tests don't account for a woman's measurement. The repercussions of living in a world structured upon male statistics can be fatal for this lady.

In 1997, a British female police officer was stabbed and murdered while attempting to access a flat via a hydraulic ramp. She removed her body armour since it was very difficult to use the ram while wearing it. Two years later, a female police officer disclosed that she needed breast reduction surgery due to the health effects of wearing her body armour. Following the publication of this instance, another 700 officers from the same force came out to express their dissatisfaction with the standard-issue of protective gear.

British female police officers describe being injured by their kit belts; a substantial proportion of them need physiotherapy as a result of the way the stab fest rests on their bodies; many claims there is little room for their breasts. This is not only unpleasant, but it also results in the stab vest coming up too short, leaving the woman vulnerable.

So, the next time you look around, remember that every design has a purpose; the only difference is whether the design is for a person or a gender.