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April 10, 2014 | 8 Comments

Design and Violence Debate II: Designing Empathy

Debaters: Mickey Boardman (FOR) and Chris Bobel (AGAINST)
Moderator: Jamer Hunt

We want to extend the public debate that will be held in MoMA’s Celeste Bartos Theater on April 10, 2014. On this special debate page, we welcome and encourage comments from audience members and those who couldn’t make it to the event. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @desviolenz or using the hashtag #desviolenz. View the Storify archive of the debate here.

Read about the Menstruation Machine, the design that serves as the lens for this debate, here. Read a review of the debate here.

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The debate motion: "Design's potential to transcend gender boundaries is limitless." Are you for, against, or on the fence?

  1. April 11, 2014, 8:29 am

    […] del museo di New York, dove si è dibattuto anche dell’ormai nota pistola stampata in 3D e, proprio ieri, della “macchina per le mestruazioni” di […]

  2. April 11, 2014, 10:22 am

    […] sede del museo di New York, dove si è dibattuto anche dell’ormai nota pistola stampata in 3D e, proprio ieri, della “macchina per le mestruazioni” […]

  3. April 11, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Luiza Prado

    Shouldn’t it be a given that gender boundaries NEED to be transcended, period?

  4. April 19, 2014, 2:00 pm

    […] Our own Chris Bobel shines in a staged debate at MoMA on Sputniko!’s attention-getting Menstruation Machine and whether design can he…. […]

  5. April 19, 2014, 5:12 pm

    […] both online and at the experimental series of debates: Open Source (Debate I), Designing Empathy (Debate II), and Eating Animals (Debate […]

  6. May 18, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Harry Finley

    Founder and director, Museum of Menstruation

    As an old (71 and white) man I don’t believe I could experience someone else’s feelings and, when younger, did not really know the feelings I have now. Intellectually, maybe, but not with genuine emotion. The Machine generates feelings caused by the Machine, not menstruation.

    I started the museum not trying to feel what women do, or a particular woman – how could I? – but wanting to show what cultures around the world have made of menstruation. It’s an intellectual enterprise. Some women have questioned my creating the museum because as a male how could I experience it? But they are confusing two different things. It’s like reading a dissection of a Beethoven string quartet and hearing it. I can’t “hear” menstruation but I can dissect it. That’s my contribution and it’s worth it.

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