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Linda Sjøqvist on The Mediated Plant

Linda Sjøqvist on Les Orageuses

28 March, 2022

This book takes you literally by the guts. You are captivated but also disgusted. However, you have to face a truth, you are not scared of a space, you are scared of a specific specimen, men.

Why are we scared at night, walking, biking or driving home alone ?

What is the problem of today’s public space ?

Or those two previous questions but replaced by « Who ».

How can we, as designers, make a space safer ?

How do we,  womxn, take over the public space ?

As architects, we believe that architecture can change or improve our feelings in a space, but after reading this book, I had to face a certain truth. At night, I am scared of men.

Men that looks at me, that are walking on the same trottoir as I, or the car that slows down next to me. Adding a few lights here and there, adding plants, won’t change the feeling of security if the mentality don’t change.

Women are smart and will used all kind of stratagems hoping that it will safe them, but intelligence are not going to help out here. I don’t wear a skirt because I have to walk home at night, I put my hair in an ugly bun or hide it in a hat, take away my lipstick (but now with the mask, it became kind of practical to hide my face.) Just because I am scared. And as written in this book, it isn’t once you arrived home that you are safe.

Their physical strength, knowing what some men are capable of, that scares the shit out of me.

In this book, womxn are seeing as the only and last way to earn justice is through revenge. The system did fail them. After harassment and rape, the womxn feels betrayed by men, and then after going to the police asking for justice, the womxn feels betrayed by the low or even none existing sentences. So they have and want to find closure, they have to find another way. And the only foreseeable closure is revenge. Physical revenge through destroying the men’s personal space, as they destroyed the womxn’s ones. Making them feel as similar space, entering a privacy were they weren’t allowed, to show them how it feels, how it could feel. It’s depressing, and also scary because it has a certain truth that we don’t talk about. Because even though I am studying architecture, I don’t know how only architecture can make a space safer if at the end, the safety of a trottoir only depends of who you come across too, the mentalities and educations have to change.

Linda Sjøqvist on Les Orageuses

This book takes you literally by the guts. You are captivated but also disgusted. However, you have to face a truth, you are not scared of a space, you are scared of a specific specimen, men. Why are we scared at night, walking, biking or driving home alone ? What is the problem of today’s […]