Gender And Space Of The Gym, Mongolian Gers, And Iranian Houses

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Therefore, it is evident that there exist certain forms of masculinity and femininity within certain spaces of the gym. Gender and space have had a relationship in history since the very beginning of established settlements. In modern days, examples of these spaces include Bedouin tents, Mongolian Gers, and Iranian houses. Within these residences, established spaces for each gender have played a significant role in social organization and familial life. However, this presence of segregation in space has also existed in places that are more familiar to typical American lifestyles. For example, British country estates were clearly separated between men’s, women’s and servant’s spaces. This idea then translated into American architecture wherein the parlor was a feminine space and the library was a masculine space. However, returning to current times, it seems that this form of gender separation has somewhat disappeared within American homes as roles of men and women are changing and intertwining within the family unit. On the contrary, the Healthplex, and more specifically the gym, is not a residential unit. Nevertheless, these same segregations occur within it. The use of the free-weights area is primarily by males and, it being considered the most important part, suggests that there is hierarchy within the space. As Michel de Certeau put it, a place “is always invested with meaning by its users,” and it has “no inherent meaning” of its own. They gym is simply a space with

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