Category: Circle 3

Thinking about gender imbalance

A few weeks ago, my Chidsey Fellows class elected a member of our cohort to represent our group on the program EBoard. Out of our nineteen members, six people ran for the position: five guys and one girl. When I saw the candidates stand up to give their pitches, I was taken aback by the obvious gender imbalance among the six… Read more →

Internet as Community

I’ve been thinking a lot about the final project and initially I wanted to do something pertaining to literature, like looking at how technology influenced Bram Stoker’s Dracula, specifically the tension between the old, traditional ways and the new, technologically influenced ways.  However, after reflecting on previous courses that have incorporated gender and technology from a different angle, I think I’ve… Read more →

Entering the world of gaming

I am hopelessly inept at video games.  I did not play any while growing up, and my futile attempts in high school and Dr. Lerner’s Intro to Film and Media Studies ended in a lot of frustration and help to complete my assignments (I’m hoping the game for this class won’t be as frustrating).  For me, this whole world and… Read more →

Blog Post 7 – Makey Make

Yesterday’s class is the inspiration for this post. During our allotted time, our group experimented with playing a song using sounds downloaded from the internet and bottles. At the time, I thought it was a great activity and a successful cyborg. Myself, for example, was able to play the drums to my beat without actually knowing how to play the… Read more →

Reactions to Fairchild’s exploitation of Navajo labor

When reading “Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture,” by Lisa Nakamura, I was struck by what I found to be the blatant exploitation of Navajo women in the electronics manufacturing industry. According to Nakamura, Fairchild Semiconductor chose to “insource” their manufacturing to a Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico because of the cheap labor and… Read more →

Selfies v. Self-Portraits

“Selfies” have been among the most controversial of technological trends. Front facing cameras have enabled people to take pictures of themselves with lighting, settings, and angles that they feel are the most flattering. These technological self-portraits have been widely associated with girls, specifically teenage girls. I believe part of the reason they are so highly critiqued is due to the… Read more →

Performing Gender Online

The selfie and sexting phenomenons have brought into question so many issues of body ownership.  The idea that a person whose pictures are shared can be prosecuted for child pornography strips the people of ownership of their own person, a troubling notion.  Hasinoff cites victim-shaming and the perception of female sexuality as deviant as the main challenges of women using… Read more →

Blog Post 3- Patchwork World

Today’s discussion of the Patchwork Girl by Shelley Jackson got me thinking about how I am my own “patchwork.” Although I am not physically stitched together, I have been pieced together by the genetics of my parents and their respective families. In the everyday world we hear people say, “you like exactly like your uncle” or “you have your mothers eyes”… Read more →

Elizabeth’s strength, or lack thereof

When reading the first volume of Frankenstein, I was struck at times by the clearly defined gender roles that are present in the text. Elizabeth’s character particularly interests me because, at least so far, she plays the only main female role and appears to be somewhat of a foil to Frankenstein. He often mentions her sweet and delicate disposition, which… Read more →

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