oh and PS…
So I just realized that I never actually introduced myself on the blog… so here goes!
I’m Nat, a Bryn Mawr sophomore, German major and Gender & Sexuality minor.
I took this class because I realized that I had never actively thought about both Gender and Technology as having any kind of relationship. Also, the fact that, before college, I’d never really thought hard about either one and how each one exists within the context of my own life. As a child growing up in Hong Kong, I was constantly surrounded by all of the latest technological innovations but was never denied access to any of these technologies (as far as I remember) because of my gender. I also never felt particularly gendered… until I came to Bryn Mawr. I wouldn’t say that I break gender stereotypes: I dress up (sometimes), and wear make-up (less often), and like boys (for the most part). But I am also very athletic, have been told that I have the “emotional insensitivity” of a man, and can guarantee you that I can drink 80% of all males under the table. So in a sense I’ve always felt in between genders, or inhabiting some kind of space in between stereotypes. But I’ve also never questioned my gender as being woman. Far from breaking stereotypes, I think that this is the case of many people and I wonder how they reconcile this with themselves? Or whether it needs to be reconciled? I would think that technology definitely plays some part in this as well… but what part I’m not quite sure.