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Male Tech Tendencies Essay

Male Tech Tendencies Essay - Ryan O'Hearn AoE Essay Science...

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Ryan O’Hearn AoE Essay February 29, 2008 Science and technology have often been portrayed as male-oriented careers and pursuits (Kramer) in the past, present, and future. The various books and movies we read and watched throughout the quarter were proof of this predisposition. In each of the plots that demonstrate technocracy, the majority, if not all, of the members are male. This is evident in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come , and in the 1954 Japanese film Gojira . Everything related to science and technology in these works was typically dealt with by male figures or characters, while women were left to other matters such as emotion or the housekeepers. A few of our works, however, did include women in the lead roles of technology and innovation, including Asimov’s “Robot Dreams”, and the 1973 Woody Allen film Sleeper . Here women were actively or passively involved in the same matters men were to be involved. One even included the possibility of women being used in compliance with men for missions, as evident in William Gibson’s Neuromancer . Several issues come up when the science and tech industry is strictly run by males. Some of which include similarities in opinions because a member of the opposite sex is not present, and issues arise with male tendencies for violence and destruction instead of also seeing the lighter and expressive side of conflicts. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain offers the male side of science and mathematics when the main character Hank Morgan leads the society of the past towards his present with his knowledge of mathematical concepts and scientific theories. By achieving the status of “Boss” quickly within the society, he is quickly and easily able to train and persuade civilians and the monarchy of his knowledge in order to make it more like his times. Although he believes he
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