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

Bernard Geoghegan bernardgeoghegan2010 at u.northwestern.edu
Wed May 24 12:19:29 PDT 2017

Dear All,

Caitlin, I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Following up on 
Elinor, Chun's first book on "Control and Freedom" also touches on the 
gendered language male and female ports, etc. I think Avital Ronell 
touched on similar topics in a discussion of switchboards and operators 
in the telephone system--an important source for a lot of informatic 
metaphors and techniques. I saw it in one of Ronell's essays leading up 
to her "Telephone Book," but the exact citation slips my mind. Dr. Emily 
Goodmann <emily.goodmann at gmail.com> -- on this listserv? -- knows a 
whole lot more about that literature, maybe she'll pipe in!



On 5/23/17 2:19 PM, Elinor Carmi wrote:
> 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,/*
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> */Department of Media & Communications,/*
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> *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
> *To:* members at SIGCIS.org
> *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>
> http://www.eands.virginia.edu/faculty-staff/wylie/
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Bernard Geoghegan
Senior Lecturer, Media & Communication, Coventry University (UK)

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