Gender and Technology

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Women’s and gender studies have interdisciplinary views on gender formation and the points of intersection with other subjects of concern such as religion, sexuality, nationality, race, age and class. Gender is not delineated by our analytical methodologies leaning on the social side of human kind and technology as just a constituent surrounding us, but these two have a close range relationship (Bobbie, 2008). Both gender and technology ideologies, as viewed in a historical and a social perspective, are dynamic. Technology, under this perspective, studies not only material things but also choices of humans, their knowhow and creativity, assumptions and the values explored concurrently from the people’s technological activities (Ada, 2008). Gender is simply an identity working as a symbol and a representation with the assumption that both male and female are alike. Technology advancement and improvements increase the separation between genders, which shows that industrialization and the principles of gender influence each other. Essays in this book, Gender & Technollogy: a reader, emphasize that gender and technology are shaped by each other and jointly with each other. This is best demonstrated in the selected essays from the book and internet readings culls. For example, early automobile industry, gasoline cars were machines considered to be run by men and as they became popular and more reliable, electric cars were introduced in the market for the female counterparts (Dibbel, n d). The underlying reason being that, the electric cars were more convenient, comfortable and visually attractive and this revealed the fact that existence of gender divide has always been there even in the industries considered as masculine. In Am... ... middle of paper ... ...tp://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Grace_Murray_Hopper “Kathleen McNulty” (2008) http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Kathleen_McNulty Randall Stross (2008). "What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?" http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/business/16digi.html Works Cited “Ada Lovelace” http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Ada_Lovelace Bobbie Johnson (2008). “Online Gamers Play At Swapping Genders” http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/05/games.internet Dibbell Julia (n d). “A Rape in Cyberspace” http://www.juliandibbell.com/articles/a-rape-in-cyberspace/ “Grace Hopper” (2008) http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Grace_Murray_Hopper “Kathleen McNulty” (2008) http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Kathleen_McNulty Randall Stross (2008). "What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?" http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/business/16digi.html
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