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Lecture 7

Media, Information and Technoculture 1200F/G Lecture 7: MIT 1200 - Motherhood Matrix (17 - 18).docx

Media, Information and Technoculture
Course Code
MIT 3214F/G
Tim Blackmore

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November 19th, 2013 MIT 1200 17/18
Willis & Kress - Motherhoods Matrix
1. Tiny issues: nanotechnology
- A term for really small machines
- Can be designed and programmed the way a computer is, but much smaller
- A billionth of a meter
- Engineering to an anatomic level
- A natural outgrowth of taylorism
- Pg. 34 - replicates every 6 months 5.5 years (12th generation)
- Like insects
- They’re getting smarter,
- Murder story – Paula will die if she does not have a baby
- A struggle between two different versions of science, neither is very lovable, Paula takes
everything from her sister, Karen apparently leaves the world of science to her sister and
cannot forgive her sister, planning revenge
2. Male science: Women’s bodies
- It took 20 years for a more equitable language to end feminism
- Willis takes an aim at feminism by ending menstruation, Tracy is unhappy with political
correct language
- Feminism is seen as unattractive in our generation
- Greek believed that women somehow went crazy,
- Pg. 32 –
- Twidge pms – male establishment pg. 82 – 83
- Now a disorder
- End reproduction cycle
3. Advertising for a new body
- Nobody talked about menstruation
- Men would prefer if women did not menstruation
- Natural and normal are not clear – we make up what normal is
- Many things are irreversible – it can’t be changed –
4. The original matrix
5. New Communications
1. Nanotechnology will change our definition of technology – medicine
2. Male science has been inside women’s bodies for centuries (Not necessarily
for their welfare)
3. There’s a thin line between medicine and fashion (designer surgery)
4. Women can choose to act through science for a common purpose that has
nothing to do with men’s desires.