As somebody who works in design, this divide is in many ways inescapable. I can go hardly a week without reading of a space that mixes both “masculine” and “feminine” elements; an interior design firm that caters to young bachelors, crafting no-nonsense masculine, but well-designed spaces; a designer that isn’t afraid of “being a little girly”—as if that actually means anything. Indeed, in the design world, gendered terms like “masculine,” “feminine,” “boyish,” and “girly” get thrown around ad nauseam, a coded language that oftentimes has harmful, insidious connotations, ones that help to shape who we are as people and perpetuate restrictive social rules.
— from Everything for Everybody: Doing Away with Gender in Design, an article by Maxwell Tielman for Design*Sponge
Because, yes, women can appreciate dark colors, hard edges, and angular lines just as men can enjoy pastels, soft edges, and curved lines.