As Miss Chanadler Bong can attest, the "boy vs. girl*" fight from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is one of the most memorable and eminently quotable story arcs of the '90s sitcom. Using this enduringly popular back and forth narrative, we explore spatial power dynamics in contemporary domestic American homes, and what evolving home trends can tell us about evolving dynamics and relationships within American families.
*note "boy" and "girl" are terms the characters use to refer to themselves
Chaim Emanuel is an M.arch candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His background is in philosophy and design.