Apple celebrated their new iPhone XS line by declaring them the largest phones in the Apple lineup. But with big screens that range from 5.8 to 6.5 inches, the phones have invited a backlash from feminists who say the larger sizes marginalize women.
“Women like me with small hands who need the most secure phone for safety reasons are stuck with something they can’t hold and constantly risk dropping,” tweeted Professor Zeynep Tufekci of UNC Chapel Hill. “Some people like the bigger phones. Fine. Keep an alternative for the rest of us.”
She was joined in her outrage by British reporter Caroline Criado Perez, who is upset that the company is phasing out the iPhone SE, which was her only option for a small screen size.
“I have to make a choice between making an upgrade to the only phone that fits my hand before they discontinue it – soon there will be no iPhone that fits the average woman’s hand size – even though the technology is two years out of date,” she wrote.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. The “average woman’s hand size?” Can we let that stand? What about women like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox? Are these CIS women really going to start in with all of this biological bigotry like “women have smaller hands?” How utterly insensitive and hateful. This is Trans-erasure! We’re pretty sure that’s the right outrage terminology, anyway…
Labour MP Jess Phillips told the UK Telegraph: “In so much design and technology development the default standard is always that which suits a man. Companies have got to get better at recognizing that their idea of normal should account for all their customers.”
But if women feel so uncomfortable about these standards, why don’t they just…become men? Gender is just a social construct, right? It’s a choice you make, like what to have for dinner. If the world is so unfair to women, we don’t understand why all of these people (like seriously half the population!) are still choosing to “identify” as women? It makes no sense.
Well, something doesn’t make sense, in any case.