Nike Pro Hijab

"There is nothing oppressive about women choosing what they'd like to wear"

Nike's decision to unveil its new Pro Hijab for female Muslim athletes on International Women's Day provoked a mixed response from readers in this week's comments update.

Just don it: Nike's Pro Hijab, which is constructed from a single layer of breathable power mesh fabric, has sparked a debate on issues surrounding feminism and women's rights.

"Is this a masterclass in viral marketing mistakes or just bad taste?" asked Z-dog, who also questioned if the headwear was an oppressive symbol.

"There is nothing oppressive about women choosing what they'd like to wear," countered Nada.

CariHislop felt the American sportswear giant knew exactly what it was doing. "My cynicism klaxon is blaring. Pro Hijab, also known as free publicity in Muslim countries for Nike," she said.

One reader was clearly appreciative of the new release:

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Organic tampons and packaging by Thinx

Graphic: Thinx's new instructive sliding tampon packaging seemed to miss the mark with some Dezeen readers.

One user took offence at the companies' mission to challenge patriarchal opinions towards menstruation. "You don't speak for all women, Thinx. This is insulting and stupid" wrote DesignSkool.

"Seems like the package designers don't even know how it works themselves. Shouldn't the tampon be the part that's moving, not the vagina?" pondered H-J.

"Why do we need the extra packaging? Not enough trash in the world?" Eric Morehouse pointed out.

This reader summed up the thoughts of the majority:

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Stand up:  the Architecture Lobby proposed a 45-minute strike to oppose President Trump's border wall, which was equally ridiculed and praised by commenters.

"Grow up snowflakes, you are an embarrassment to the profession," stormed 2brknot.

Some users, like AD, were able to find the funny side. "This is hilarious. We already have a line drawn on a map, what else is an architect going to do?"

"Though a difficult topic, we have a responsibility as designers to propose the best solution possible. Non-action gets us nowhere," said R Lemley.

One reader had his priorities in order:

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Concrete evidence: readers argued over how well Anako Architecture's "fortress-like" concrete house in the Swiss town of Savièse sat amongst nearby homes.

"Long live audacity!" remarked James Thomas in support of the building's striking appearance.

"Can the neighbours see through brick walls? What an eyesore!" wrote Geofbob.

E Smit decided not to judge a book by its cover. "The inside of this monstrosity is gorgeous."

This commenter devoted high praise to the project:

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