Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life

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Considers how the terms of gender are embodied in technologies, and conversely, how technologies shape our notions of gender. The contributors explore the complex territory between the lust for, and the fear of, technology, commenting on the ambivalence women experience in relation to machines. Discussing topics such as embryonic fertilization, the virtual female, networking women, the sexuality of computers, surveillance systems, UFOs, and the emancipation of Barbie,
rocessed Lives offers a provocative, visually rich critical approach to th multifaceted relationships between masculinity, femininity and machines. Contributors: Barbie Liberation Organization, Ericka Beckman, Lisa Cartwright, Gregg Bordowitz, Sara Diamond, Judith Halberstam, Evelynn Hammonds, Kathy High, David Horn, Ira Livingston, Bonita Makuch, Margaret Morse, Soheir Morsy, Liss Platt, B Ruby Rich, Connie Samaras, Joya Saunders, Julia Scher, Andrea Slane, Mary Ellen Strom, Christime Tamblyn, Nina Wakeford.

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This unusual text considers how the terms of gender are embodied in technologies, how technologies shape our notions of gender, and who actually benefits from technology. The contributors explore the lust for, and fear of, technology, commenting on the ambivalence women experience in relation to machines. Topics include embryonic fertilization, the virtual female, the sexuality of computers, surveillance systems, UFOs, and the emancipation of Barbie by the Barbie Liberation Organization. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415149310
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Wexner Center
Introduction: Machine/Lives 1
1 Virtually Female: Body and Code 23
2 Girl TV 37
3 Remote Control: The Electronic Transference 41
4 She Loves It, She Loves It Not: Women and Technology 47
5 Networking Women and Grrrls with Information/Communication Technology: Surfing Tales of the World Wide Web 51
6 Hiatus 67
7 Romancing the System: Women, Narrative Film, and the Sexuality of Computers 71
8 Taylor's Way: Women, Cultures and Technology 81
9 Indiscretions: Of Body, Gender, Technology 95
10 Present Tense 103
11 New Technologies of Race 107
12 The Visible Man: The Male Criminal Subject as Biomedical Norm 123
13 Inseminations 139
14 Unnatural Acts: Procreation and the Genealogy of Artifice 145
15 23 Questions 155
16 Biotechnology and the Taming of Women's Bodies 165
17 Brains on Toast: The Inexact Science of Gender 175
18 Techno-Homo: On Bathrooms, Butches, and Sex with Furniture 183
19 Home Surgery Instructions 195
20 Is It Tomorrow or Just the End of Time? 199
21 Vulnerabilities 215
22 The Party Line: Gender and Technology in the Home 221
23 Information America 233
List of contributors 237
Index 243
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