Saturday, March 9, 2013

What's coming up! Think FemCriticon!


The theme is "Media Ecologies." Our class' expertise is in "Design Fiction." 
Explore what these mean as you consider what to do. 
=Johnson is your best resource for our approach to media ecologies, so be sure you are caught up with having read the whole book. Merrick is also all about media ecologies with a feminist SF focus.
=When you think of design fiction, think of all the ways we have been approaching and thinking and talking about our readings, and the interactions among the extraterrestrial relativities of multiple ways of exploring "sf." Look at the website carefully, as well as Helmreich's essay. Both are your best resource for understanding the multiple realities of designing fictions. Fictions = makings.
=How does the NearFuture Laboratory share thinking? How would you do this same kind of analysis yourself? (Some clues are in the Media tab of the website too.)


Tuesday, 12 March – Cyborg Complexity 
• read 1/3 Merrick: Pref, Ack, 6, 7, 8
• getting going on femcriticon!

Thursday, 14 March – Positive Obsessions! 
• Butler stories and essays: Postive & Furor + Kin & Speech
• getting going on femcriticon!

If it is not a dystopia or utopia, what is it instead??? 

The generic masculine and sexist language: a study on imaging men: Gastil 1990: here

Tuesday, 19 March – SPRING BREAK 
Thursday, 21 March – SPRING BREAK

Tuesday, 26 March – FEMCRITICON
Thursday, 28 March – FEMCRITICON

Tuesday, 2 April – Marked and Unmarked: female man
• read at least 1 /2 of The Female Man (published in 70s, but probably written in 60s, and with references to life in the 50s too)

From Gastil 1990: 640: "An interesting question that this study raises is which alternative pronouns function most effectively as generics. If he must go, which pronouns might replace it? Recall that for the college student population studied herein, they appears the most generic of the three pronouns listed above. Using they as a generic, however, does not solve the problem of males producing very few female images under any pronoun condition. Future research might compare the effects of he/she and they with more promising alternatives. Reversing he/she, writing it as she/he, might cause males to imagine more women. (A preliminary investigation, using a method similar to this study's sug- gests that she/he does evoke significantly more images of women than he, he/she, and they for both female and male European-American, Midwestern undergraduates.) One might use she to refer to some individuals and he in refer- ence to others. Or one might simply use she as a generic, counterbalancing the persistence of male bias. Even Strunk and White (1979), read literally, endorse this final suggestion: "If you think she is a handy substitute for he, try it and see what happens" (p. 61)."




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