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

Elinor Carmi e.carmi at gold.ac.uk
Tue May 23 06:19:43 PDT 2017

Hi Caitlin,

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun has something in relation to this in her article - On Software, or the Persistence of Visual Knowledge.

You can find it here -> http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/1526381043320741?journalCode=grey

All the best,

Elinor Carmi,
Ph.D. Candidate and Visiting Lecturer,
Department of Media & Communications,
Goldsmiths, University of London.
Twitter: @Elinor_Carmi

From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Wylie, Caitlin Donahue (cdw9y) <cdw9y at eservices.virginia.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:11:41 AM
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Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] History of gendered terms, e.g., "motherboard"

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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