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Gender and Technology: The bicycle, the electric car and the modern woman Thursday, October 20, 11
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Outline Gender and technology Technology as artifact and practice Technology is embedded in gender structures The bicycle: Subverting gender rolls The High-wheeler The Safety cycle The bicycle and the “new woman” The Electric car: enforcing gender rolls Feminizing the electric car Reinforcing the doctrine of separate spheres Thursday, October 20, 11
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Technology as Practice and Artifact A technology is embedded in, and defned by, a culture. An artiFact acquires meaning From the practices associated with it by a society. An artiFact is only a technology when a group associates a set oF practices with it that give it meaning as a technology. Thursday, October 20, 11
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Technology and gender structures Technologies are embedded in the preexisting social structures of a culture, this includes gender structures. Technologies can help to reenforce those structures or to subvert them. Think about what toys you were given as a child. Were they gender neutral? Thursday, October 20, 11
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the Bicycle: Secret origin The Draisin Laufmaschine Developed in Germany in 1818 The ‘safety cycle’ Developed ~1870s Thursday, October 20, 11
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Ordinary First produced in Britain in 1868 by James Starley. Grew to dominance of the cycle market during the 1870s Front wheel drive and front wheel steering Fast, dangerous, dif±cult to ride. It required signi±cant athletic ability and strength to balance and move the cycle. The speed and height made it very dangerous and prone to crashing Strongly masculine in its culture. extremely dif±cult to ride in victorian
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