[SIGCIS-Members] History of gendered terms, e.g., "motherboard"

Wylie, Caitlin Donahue (cdw9y) cdw9y at eservices.virginia.edu
Mon May 22 17:11:41 PDT 2017

Dear all,
Do you know of any studies of gendered language in computing? I’m intrigued by the way today’s engineers throw around words like “motherboard” and “daughterboard”, and also “master” and “slave”, without being aware of how those words sound to non-engineers (like me). I’d be interested in learning about historical or sociological studies.

Thank you!

All the best,
Caitlin Wylie
Caitlin D. Wylie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Program in Science, Technology and Society
University of Virginia
wylie at virginia.edu<mailto:wylie at virginia.edu>

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