This quote written by the french author de La Rochefoucauld is part of his literary work called Maxime published in 1665. His book caused some opposition by the readers at the time, who found his thoughts immoral. The idea that women go through hell when they get old was a bold, but truthful statement, that still applies to this day.


A common denominator of cities is that they are gendered. That is, they are not experienced the same by people of different gender identities. In this piece, we discuss some of the gendered aspects of city planning and design. This piece is a contribution by THIS IS GENDERED – the first ever feminist encyclopedia.

THIS IS GENDERED seeks to demonstrate all the ways in which the world is gendered, in A-Z order. Here we discuss three topics covered in the encyclopedia: snow clearing, urinals, and staircases.