small group work on cyberfeminism and the cyborg

1) Quickly review the notes you just took on my lecture introducing you to the work of Donna Haraway.

2) Reread this quote from the entry on “Cyberfeminism”:  “‘Cyberspace does not exist in a vacuum; it is intimately connected to numerous real-world institutions and systems that thrive on gender separation and hierarchy’; cyberfeminism, accordingly, should be a political undertaking committed to creating and maintaining real and virtual places for women in regard to new technologies—such as creating new feminist platforms and resources, including hands-on techno-education for women and working directly with code—while also critically assessing the “impact of new technologies on the lives of women and the insidious gendering of technoculture in everyday life” (108).

3) Now, I’d like you to pick a specific digital media platform or piece of software and try to reimagine it as a specifically feminist platform or piece of software. For example, what would a feminist word processor look like? A feminist videogame? A feminist D2L? A feminist search engine? The point here is to think as far outside of the current status quo as possible in order to imagine what could be possible.

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