Sexing Code: Subversion, Theory and Representation

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, May 5, 2009 - Social Science - 160 pages
Critically investigating the gender of programming in popular culture, Sexing Code proposes that the de facto representation of technical ability serves to perpetuate the age-old association of the male with intellect and reason, while identifying the female with the body. Challenging this division, in which code is situated within the male sphere, the discussion highlights womenıs contributions in the writing and theorizing of code, particularly in the digital arts, hacking, and hacktivism. Presenting an accessible and lively discussion, Sexing Code demonstrates that the gendering of programming selectively confers the privilege of authorship and is therefore a salient factor in the production of culture in the twenty-first century.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER ONE
10
CHAPTER TWO
23
CHAPTER THREE
36
CHAPTER FOUR
58
CHAPTER FIVE
75
CHAPTER SIX
86
CONCLUSION
123
NOTES
125
FILMOGRAPHY
139
GAMEOGRAPHY
140
BIBLIOGRAPHY
141
INDEX
152
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Claudia Herbst is a digital artist and media theorist whose works explore the meaning of technology in the construction of gender. Her critical inquiries focus on the social, political, and economic role of computer programming and contextualize technology’s languages as a form of writing and literacy.

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