Gendering Technology

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The Bimbo Game

Rarely, it happens that I am left speechless.

“Gendered Innovations in Science”

From the AWIS Washington Wire: A new collection of essays, Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering, explores how taking gender into account in the areas of science, medicine, and engineering can enhance human knowledge. Inside Higher Ed has a conversation with the editor, Londa Schiebinger. IHE leads annoyingly with this: The discussion of gender and…

UPDATE: Apparently it was not clear to some people that the second “quote” below is a parody written by me, of the first quote written by someone else. I hope this clears it up. You may want to advocate for gender equity in science and engineering. But you are just wasting your energy. Pat O’Hurley…

Explaining (Away) Women Geeks

Liz Henry’s delightful, insightful skewering of the sexism deployed in an article about Google VP Marissa Mayer provides a very recent example of a pattern noted by Ruth Oldenziel in Making Technology Masculine: Women who love technology require an explanation; men who love technology are just being masculine. Oldenziel notes:

What is it that the world really needs? What should we be devoting our time, energy, and talent to, in order to make this a better world? Climate research? No. Renewable energy? No. Sustainable living? No. Gardening with native plants? No. What we really need is some computer software that can “judge” how attractive women…

Links for 3-4-2008

Janet Stemwedel has a lengthy, informative, interesting post on that eternally troublesome question: When in my graduate career should I have a baby? After reading it, I am put in mind of that New Yorker cartoon with the guy on the phone, looking at a datebook on his desk, saying “How about never? Is never…

Scientific Nail Polish

I have no time for a real entry, but if you haven’t yet had your daily quota of sexist nonsense, check out these two links. Melissa McEwan parses the gender segregation at the Discovery Channel Store. (Thanks to Bora for tipping me off to that post.) In case you were wondering where to get your…

Ladies, all these years you’ve been using blenders and understood them as belonging to the category “kitchen gadget”. But when he uses the manly new stainless steel RPM blender, it’s not a kitchen gadget, it’s a tool! Or so the manly man on HGTV’s “I Want That! Kitchens” informed viewers this afternoon. It was a…