Lecture 8/9: Women and the Web
Women and the web: Video games and the virtual world:
International women’s day
Globe and mail: is the struggle over? Have we won?
Conversation is doubled sided, some people said no while
others said yes.
Although you are a feminist we maybe reluctant to say so.
This is what the documentary was trying to get at.
Cyber feminism and first article: Daniels
Denials First article is called rethinking cyber feminism
Article outlines what women do on the web and how they
may be doing something positive in the name of women
on the internet
Cyber feminism: Feminism applied to, performed on or
inspired by the web.
She provided an overview of feminism, its actually
become cyber feminism its no longer a single theory but a
range of theories and stances on the relationship between
gender and the digital culture.
This is interesting because usually technology is
subcontracted to masculinity. So it’s important that
women experiment and engage with technology because
they connect us.
So what are women doing online?
Are they engaging in cyber feminist activity?
One author Denials quotes calls women’s activity online
depressingly familiar. Emailing, home shopping and
Daniels argues that women do use the digital world to
engineer and renovate their lives. They experiment with
the internet at work in their domestic lives, in their
education and for fun
Denials is concerned that even there isn’t enough
conversation online about gender and race and how they
intersect. She argues there isn’t one woman and digital
technologies don’t get used the same by women across
different races, classes and nationalities.
Plant: believes that information technology can very
much change the lives of women
Zero and One theory. Represent men and women in their
importance, male is the default one and women are the
absent zero the one.
Plant says that the zeros will shapes are digital future and
that the network world online is a feminine space
The problem with is that the not all men and women are
Three major ideas about the internet and how it relates
to feminism and race:
The Cyborg: this is a central idea in terms of thinking about
humans and technology in our world. Wasn’t till 1985 that we
got out first version of a cyborg, which is half human half
computer. Donna Haraway: a feminist who wrote the cyborg
manifesto, she was reacting to the kind of feminist she saw in
the 80’s. She suggests we are all already cyborg and we need
to embrace are machine and animal connection. We can
embrace are alliances with technologies and other being to
create a more optimistic future. Based on the cyborgs of today
Daniels says that the women working in technology
manufacturing are in some kind of way cyborgs. Donna
Haraway would agree with her and says never mind your
alliance with technology if you wear a watch or contact you’re
already a cyborg.
Its still manufactured women and usually women because
they have small hands and they can put in chips and
things like that.
If its exploited labor, is the Internet really changing are
world for the better?
Digital technologies have uneven affects on different
Women remain the poorest global citizen despite the digital era.
However they are increasing the participation despite not
having access. They may not get on but when they do get
on they get on a big way.
Lisa Nakamura: talks about identity tourism process
where by one-group tries on for seize of another group or
gender, computer cross-dressing.
If you can use three different colors for an avatar it shows
race is color light, medium and dark and not linage and
It’s easy to take one off and another off where in real life
that’s not a case.
If commodifies difference, selling difference as a product.
One of the most appealing aspects of the Internet in the
early days was much more private and people could
become who they wanted for an example a visible
minority isn’t visible unless they wanted to.
WHERE NOW: we’re linked back to our offline identities
often and both worlds are now integrated to one another.
Your digital identity may come back and haunt you.
The idea that people now go online to alien lines of race
or gender you can’t erase them if you want to.
Race matters online, even though people think online
spaces were free of biases we know that’s not true.
The idea that via information technology you can ditch
your body and go online as a mind, as soul and identity.
Descartes: I think ther