Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2007/2008
Canadian Excellence

Technologies of Gender: Female Bodies and Feminist Communities in Cyberspace
0.5 Credit

This course examines the relationship between gender and technology in contemporary Western culture, particularly in terms of how the female body has been used to represent patriarchal hopes and fears about technology and how some feminists have attempted to reclaim both female bodies and technology for political purposes. The course will address the interrelated concerns of gender, bodies and technologies in relation to issues of reproduction, sex, violence, rape, pornography, free speech, domestic work, consumerism, environmentalism and popular culture. The feminist liberatory possibilities of cyberspace are considered by examining specific instances of feminist “virtual communities” and assessing their political potential.