Notes Towards Day 1
Day 1: Defining Our Terms
Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bubble”:
I. Laura: Introductions
Turn to your neighbor–>
say who you are, and tell the story of when you were first/
most clearly aware that you were gendered
Second go ‘round, same partner:
your first/most profound experience of technology
II. Anne: Look @ some images;
write down your initial impressions.
Aimee Mullins: one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People…
her public version of her career is that her disability has been a benefit–she has several sets of legs, both cosmetic and functional,
and is able to choose how tall she wants to be.
Reporting back on these writings-and-talkings:
how might we summarize the similarities and differences
among us? is there anything collective to say about our experiences?
How might we generalize from our reactions/particularities:
what is gender? What is technology?
What is the relation between them? (and/or?)
III. Definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary
systematic treatment or study of (practical or industrial) art or craft;
from technic, pertaining to art/skillfully made + ology, study of
from genus (as opposed to species);
general or common (from genus, race);
–>kin, kind, sort, class
–in mod. (esp. feminist) use, a euphemism for the sex of a human being, to emphasize the social and cultural, as opposed to the biological, distinctions between the sexes
this a course about the “sorting”/”generalizing” that is gender–
and how it intersects w/ the “study of skillful making”
that is technology