Notes from Day 7: Collecting our thoughts
Below are the notes from the questions raised by Anne to help us begin collecting and connecting our ideas.
1. How do you define gender?
- Gender is fluid
- Gender is a spectrum
- gender is a continuum
- a socially/culturally constructed representation or performance, perhaps in harmony or at odds w/one's biological sex
- a socially constructed and fluid representation of one's masculinity or feminity
- how we think of ourselves in relation to or in contrast to socially constructed "norms" for men and women
- personal state of mind
- a social construction of our experience as individuals
- an english word we use to
- a socially constructed classification for sexed bodies (minds too?)
- more complicated than genitalia
- genders are infinite
Social vs. individual construction
Biological vs. mental/philosophical
2. How do you define technology?
- technology is developed by humans to assist them
- anything invented by humans
- something capable
- what humans had
- system or systems that alter our body and/or perception
- any tool we use to define or express ourselves
- any advancement in humanity
- anything that makes life easier
- anything constructed
- making something easier for humans
- what humans had conscious thought in making
3. What's the relationship between them?
- technology is a means for societal & individual repression and expression of gender
- inextricably linked but different
- both are programmable
- impact each other
- technology has
- they use each other
- technology offers alternate paths for gender
- technology is wrapped up in our cultures def. of gender norms
- symbiotic relationship
- technology is used to more smoothly adhere to what we believe is correct for our gender
4. What do you know?
- That a Y chromosome doesn't make someone male
- gender isn't either/or
- gender is many things to many people
- being female is to lack a y chromosome
- that technology is just as hard to define as gender
- we can break the system
- the significance of race and socioeconomic status
- our gender and identity are separate
- male and female are unstable
- cosmetic surgery is a form of passing
- gender is more contingent that I thought
- being feminine is not to lack masculinity
5. What questions remain?
- What is the difference between butch and trans?
- Will technology ever make gender distinctions obsolete?
- Does gender really exist?
- Is everything a type of technology
- Can technology perpetuate gender stereotypes?
- Will we ever break the stereotypes?
- How does one decide that they feel male or female?
- How are different forms of passing related or not?
- Is there a true natural selft that could/should show our gender?
- Can gender create technology?