In this timely collection, gender, sex, and technology are explored through an intersectional and interdisciplinary lens. Gender, Sex, and Tech! provides insight into the ways that technology affects, and is affected by, cultural perceptions of gender and sex. Through an examination of a range of past and present issues, the text highlights our relationships to technology and illustrates how gendered relations are shaped and transformed through social and technological innovations.
Contributors bring to the fore feminist, decolonizing, and anti-racist methods to examine our everyday uses of technology, from the mundane to the surreal to the playful to the devastating. Original research and scholarship is skillfully grounded in real-world scenarios like revenge pornography, gender bias in artificial intelligence, menstrual tracking, online dating, and the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting students to take a closer look at technological transformations and their impact on gendered lived experience and to consider how the benefits of technology are inequitably shared within society.
Centring Canadian scholars and Canadian perspectives without losing sight of the broader global connection, Gender, Sex, and Tech! is bursting with timely and of-the-moment content, making this collection a must-read for courses focused on gender and technology.
prepares and encourages students to continue exploring the relationship between gender, sex, and tech well beyond the text
features a wealth of pedagogical supports, including questions for critical thought, invitations to go deeper, and further readings and websites of interest
showcases a range of established and up-and-coming Canadian scholars presenting original research and scholarship
A Brief Introduction to Sex and Tech: From Everyday to Extraordinary, byJennifer Jill Fellows and Lisa Smith
Part I: Disrupt
Chapter 1: Birth Control Pills, Baby Bottles, and Bikes: Dancing on the Edge of Social Transformation, byLisa Smith
Chapter 2: Flowing with Tech: Bringing an Intersectional Lens to Menstruation Technologies, by Lauren Friesenand Ana Brito
Chapter 3: Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence, Student Sexuality, and Post-Secondary Institutions, by Shaina McHardy
Part II: Connect
Chapter 4: Neither Crone nor Cougar: Navigating Intimacy and Ageism on Dating Apps, by Treena Orchard
Chapter 5: “I’m Not Your Fantasy”: Sexual Racism, Racial Fetishization, and the Exploitation of Racialized Men Who Have Sex with Men, by Christopher Dietzel
Chapter 6: Smartphones and Committed Relationships: Navigating the Intersection of Sex, Gender, and Other Social Variables, by Noorin Manji
Part III: Surveillance
Chapter 7: A Harem of Computers and a Mummery of Bondage, by Jennifer Jill Fellows
Chapter 8: Empowerment through Participatory Surveillance? Menstrual and Fertility Self-Tracking Apps as Postfeminist Biopedagogies, by Jessica Polzer, Anna Sui, Kelly Ge,and Laura Cayen
Chapter 9: Artificial Unintelligence: How “Smart” and AI Technologies Perpetuate Bias and Systemic Discrimination, by Sahar Raza
Part IV: Bodies
Chapter 10: Gatekeeping “Authentic” Gender: The Somatechnics of Transition Surgery and “Male Enhancement”, by Jennifer Hites-Thomas
Chapter 11: “So, You Wanna Live Forever?” Representations of Disability, Gender, and Technology in Cyberpunk 2077, by Tamara Banbury and Kelly Fritsch
Part V: Reclaim
Chapter 12: Holding Space for Future Matriarchs: Digital Platforms for Resurging Solidarity, by Amber Brown and Angela Knowles
Chapter 13: The Ethics of Care and Online Teaching: Personal Reflections on Pandemic Post-Secondary Instruction, by Kira Tomsons
Chapter 14: Zines and Ezines as Holistic Technologies: DIY Feminism in the Transnational Classroom, by Jaime Yard
Conclusion: Coming Home to the Future: Start, Pause, Repeat …, by Jennifer Jill Fellows and Lisa Smith
Jennifer Jill Fellows is a Faculty Member in the Philosophy Department at Douglas College. Her current research interests are in social epistemology and the metaphysics of personhood.
Lisa Smith is a Faculty Member in the Department of Sociology at Douglas College. Her research expertise lies in sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and the post-secondary context, and public and community-engaged sociology.
“Gender, Sex, and Tech! is a rich, fresh, and nuanced volume of essays considering unexpected relationships and interactions amongst different bodies, identities, and technologies, and it does this in accessible yet conceptually strong ways. The series of essays is engaging from the first page, and leads the reader through analyses of technologies we think we might know, but in formative uses of that tech that may not be well known or even recognizable to many audiences. The chapters are followed by considerate and genuinely thought-provoking questions for discussion, making this volume especially useful not only for classrooms but for students looking for technology studies with a little more bite.”
—Jennifer Dyer, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
“A unique resource to reflect on the ways in which gender and sex are key to our use and awareness of tech from dating apps to video gaming to surveillance. The editors provide comprehensive introductions to core feminist research approaches that bring readers to an understanding of intersectionality as a lens for social transformation.”
—Janice Dodd, Professor Emerita, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Manitoba
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