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

Sweeney, Miriam mesweeney1 at ua.edu
Tue May 23 06:29:12 PDT 2017

Hi Caitlin,

Ron Eglash has a great piece about "master" and "slave" terminology in computing.

"The Broken Metaphor: The Master Slave Analogy in Technical Literature": http://www.academia.edu/8007566/Broken_Metaphor_The_Master-Slave_Analogy_in_Technical_Literature

Miriam Sweeney
University of Alabama

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On May 23, 2017, at 8:08 AM, Wylie, Caitlin Donahue (cdw9y) <cdw9y at eservices.virginia.edu<mailto:cdw9y at eservices.virginia.edu>> wrote:

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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