Gender and Technoculture WMST 320 – Spring 2016
California State University, Fullerton

Prof. Karyl E. Ketchum, Ph.D.
Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies Minor Programs

Lab: Humanities 512
Office: Humanities 212D
Office hours: Mon, 2:30 - 4:00; Wed, 12-1 and 2:15 - 2:45
Message Center: (657) 278-2480
Email: kketchum@fullerton.edu
Cell: 714.625.3616 (txt me if you need a quick response!)


Course Documents & Assignment Links:

Syllabus, Spring 2016

Dr. K's Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies

CSU Fullerton Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies website

Second Life Assignment Interview Sheet

Get your own CSU Fullerton *free version* of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop here!!: http://www.fullerton.edu/sts/software/adobe/

 

 

ASSIGNMENT 1: Correcting Wikipedia's Gender/Hetero/Racial/Western Bias assignment!

ASSIGNMENT 2: Kuleshov Effect Assignment Page

ASSIGNMENT 3: Gender & Technology Web Design Project

 

 

*FOR EXTRA CREDIT: Please turn in 2-3 pages connecting the talk you attended. These papers should be well-written and checked for spelling and grammar. They do not need to include citations but you should reference at least 3 of our course materials as well as vocabulary terms. The grade your recieve on this paper will be averaged with your lowest quiz grade. So, if you received a “C” on Quiz 1 (74/100 grade points), and an “A” on this extra credit paper (95/100 grade points), I will average these two grades giving you a “B“ for (84.5/100) for your Quiz 1 grade! :-)

 

Note: Some segments of this course are “flipped”!  This means that I will rarely lecture in class; rather, you will be watching several short vlogs (video+blogs) that I have made that discuss the core concepts of this course.  This is great news because it means that when we are in class together we can spend our time talking to each other, doing things, and making cool stuff with technology!  These vlogs are posted on our course TITANium site and I will remind you when each vlog is due. Not all sets of readings will have vlogs.  You should know the material covered in these vlogs for our quizzes. For more information on the idea of a flipped classroom go here: http://wp.me/pKlio-cq

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Course Readings and Assignment Schedule:

* All readings are due in class on the date under which they are listed

*** IMPORTANT: This schedule will change! Please check back before you begin the reading for the next week as these readings and assignment due dates will shift depending on what we are discussing and events in popular culture!

 

 

Jan 25: Welcome!!!
Review syllabus, questions

 

 

 

Jan 27: Introductions
Reading:

Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies . . . great stuff!

 

 

 

 

Feb 1: Gender Studies/Feminist Studies/Queer Studies 101
Class schedule:
Questions on readings
Quiz
Go over Professor's frustrated questions (belwo!)
Go over key concepts and Killerman's Genderbread Person v2.0
Exercise in Discussion Groups
Reading:

Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies . . . great stuff!

Killermann, Sam. The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender. Austin, Tx.: Impetus Books, 2013. excerpt.

Spender, Dale. "Language and Reality: Who Made the World?" The Routledge Language and Cultural Theory Reader. Ed. Tony Crowly and Alan Girvin Lucy Burke. The Politics of Language. London: Routledge, 1980. 145-53.
*Reminder: As you read the piece linked above by Dale Spender, every time she uses the word “males,” or its variation, change it to “masculine, ” or its variation. So, “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by males, which were directed towards ensuring male primacy within the language” [148], becomes “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by masculine individuals, which were directed towards ensuring masculinity’s primacy within the language” By doing this we no longer cast blame on all “men," nor do we allow ourselves to imagine that all “ men ” experience masculine privilege in the same way or even at all! Instead, we begin to see the ways in which masculinity - as a kind of floating signifier - attaches itself to different bodies in different ways depending on race, class, able-bodiedness, heteronorms and cultural, national and historical context . By doing this as you read you will TRANSFORM this piece, and still keep all that is excellent about it!
*For those of you interested in more info on the strengths and weaknesses of Spender's peice, go here:
http://visuality.org/queer_sensibilities/wmst420_readings/k_notes_on_spender.pdf

 

NOTE: This course is shaped by the questions of your frustrated professor--questions that, even after many years of trying, I have yet to find a satisfactory answer to!!!

1. What the f#@^ is gender???

2. Is it possible to force language--visual, spoken, written--to signify the complexity of who we each know ourselves to be--to register (and positively affirm) all our differences so we might connect with each other in more meaning-full ways??

3. Since the moments of our lives are all we will ever really have, it seems absolutley critical to experience all the richness, variation and potential beauty these moments might offer even outside of language, and judgement, and "normal." How can we do this?

4. How can one do the most good in the world?

 

Genderbread version 3.1


 

 

 



Feb 3:
Lab:


Group 1: Please put together a skit to perform in class that demonstrates the relationship between “Othering” and social construction/social constructivism/ social constructionist.

Group 2: Please put together a skit to perform in class that demonstrates the relationship between “Othering” and homosocial triangulation.

Group 3: Please put together a skit to perform in class that illustrates the dynamics behind 2 of the understandings of “Othering” discussed on our vocabulary sheet.

Group 4: Please put together a skit to perform in class that demonstrates why Genderbread 3.0 is an important improvement on the continuum. Also show us why complicating biological sex is perhaps the most radical of these ideas!

Group 5: Please put together a skit to perform in class that demonstrates the relationship between “Othering” and exnomination.


Second Life
Screen shots
Wikipedia Account Setup

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 8: THEME: The Histories of Sexuality, Gender and Identity Online
Reading:

Stone, Sandy. "Split Subjects, Not Atoms; or, How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis." The Cyborg Handbook. Ed. Chris Hables Gray. New York: Routledge, 1995. 393-406.

Turkle, Sherry. "Tinysex and Gender Trouble." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. 395-416.

Cannon, Robert Alan Brookey and Kristopher L. "Sex Lives in Second Life." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Washington Post article “Does Virtual Reality Need a Sheriff?”

Vlog(s):
Please view both vlogs entitled, "Thoughts on the Readings by Stone and Turkle!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Second Life Ad

We will watch the video below together in class!

 

 

 

Feb 10:
Lab:

Second Life

SL Quick Start Guide

Select the graphic belwo to enlarge it!
Second Life Aciton Key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 15: Theme: The Body
Reading:
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body. New York: Basic Books, 2000. Chap 3, “Of Gender and Genitals” pg 45-77.

Film
: Intersexion [68 min.]



 

 


Feb 17:
Film: Intersexion [68 min.]
Setting up Wikipedia accounts and identifying articles for Wki Editing Assignment.


 

 

 

 

Feb 22: Theme: Technology and Female Desire
Read:
Koedt, Anne. "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm." CWL Herstory Online Archive (1970).
Dear and Brilliant Students:
There are two glaring problems with "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm," but a whole lot about it that is pretty great!

PROBLEM 1: Please look for several sentences in the piece that are problematic in the way they discusse race and/or ethnicity.

PROBLEM 2: This piece was written in 1970, during a time typically referred to as "Second Wave Feminism." Because of this, it has many of the problems associated with this early civil rights movement: namely, it’s "man-hating." This DOES NOT mean we throw it out though! Instead, as you are reading it please scratch out (literally!) every time you run into the word “man” and “woman” according to context change these to:
"masculinities"
“male-embodied” or
“masculine.”
Likewsie, every time you run into "women," according to context change it to:
"femininities"
“female-embodied” or
“feminine.”

So, men have chosen to define women only in terms of how they benefited men's lives,” becomes: “masculine folks have chosen to define feminine folks only in terms of how they benefited masculine lives.”

( BTW, this sentence, taken directly from our article, is wrong! "Men" (masculine folks!) are also given lousy information about female anatomy and, in my experience, are grateful when they are finally given GOOD information!! ?)

Amy Adele Hasinoff, “Sexting as Media Production: Rethinking Social Media and Sexuality,” New Media & Society, 2012.

For Discussion: Female Anatomy

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 24: Lab

 

 

 

 


Feb 29:
Reading:
Please read the 5 articles linked below for our quiz in class today!

#1. Read about, "101 Women Artists Who Got Wikipedia Pages This Week!"

#2. Read about "Categoreygate" or, Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists

#3. Read about Wikipedia's gender gap and the complicated reality of systemic gender bias

#4. from the New York Times: Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List

#5. Read, "Can These Students Fix Wikipedia's Lady Problem?"


Video:
Watch Wiki research video out of Chapel Hill
Lab: Wikipedia




 

 

 

March 2: No Class
Wiki ediitng articles and/or revisions DUE BY END OF DAY (midnight) in Dr. Ketchum's email! kketchum@fullerton.edu Please title your email "Wikipedia Assignment."

 

 

 

 

March 7: No Class, Assignment TBA

 



 

 

March 9:
Lab: Wkipedia and introduce Kuleshove Effect Project!
Film:

This Film is Not Yet Rated [97 min.] We will watch this together in-class.

 

 

 

 

March 14: Guest Lecture By Matt Fortnow


 

 

 

 


March 16:
Lab:

Kuleshov Effect Project and Camtasia

Videos (in class!):
Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"
The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

Go over ASSIGNMENT 2: Kuleshov Effect Assignment Guidelines! Experiment in visual meaning-making! Create a series of two Kuleshov Effects that reflect on the ideas in our course.

Here are some helpful links!:
Alfred Hitchcock on the Kuleshov, or "montage," effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCAE0t6KwJY

Article: "The Kuleshov Experiment": http://www.elementsofcinema.com/editing/kuleshov-effect.html

Kuleshov's reel #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gGl3LJ7vHc

Kuleshove reel #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gLBXikghE0

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 21:
Theme: Technology, Gender & Desire

Reading:
Halberstam, Judith. "Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. 468-83.

The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

Vlog(s):
Please view both vlogs under "Thoughts on "Automating Gender" by Judith Jack Halberstam!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Film:
"The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies"
AND
This Film is Not Yet Rated [97 min.] We will watch this together in-class.

 

 





 

 

March 23: Lab

Kuleshov Effect Projects


 

 

 

 

 

March 28: Spring Break

 

 

March 30: Spring Break

 

 

 

 

 



April 4: Theme: Technology, Whiteness and Racialization Online
Readings:

Nakamura, L. (2009). Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26, 128-144.

Rodriguez, Vernadette V. Gonzlez and Robyn Magalit. "Filipina.Com: Wives, Workers and Whores on the Cyberfrontier." An Introduction to Women's Studies :Gender in a Transnational World. Ed. Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan. Vol. 2. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 2006. 375-79.

Videos to watch together *in class*!

"Ni Hao (A Gold Farmers Story)" on Youtube (discussed by Nakamura)


 


 


April 6: Lab

 

 

 

 

April 11: Theme: Racialization and Surveillance Culture - PANOPTICON!
Reading:
Ketchum, Karyl E. "Facegen and the Technovisual Politics of Embodied Surfaces." Women's Studies Quarterly 37.Special Issue: Technologies (2009): 183-99.

“Face to Anti-Face - Op-Art - NYTimes.com.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

Read the website: "Camouflage From Face Detection" or, how to hide from machines! “CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

** Facegen Software – bring in three pictures of yourself for use in Facegen (one straight on, one right profile, one left profile). You can also download you own copy of the Facegen Modeller (PC version only) HERE: http://www.facegen.com/downloads.htm

For Discussion:

Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault and the PANOPTICON
The Homicide Report: A Story For Every Victim

Orlan on her history and narcissism:

The Future of the Body with Performance Artist Orlan:

 


 

 

April 13: Film and WIkipedia Project
Lab:
Open lab time to work on Film Project and/or Wikipedia Editing

For more ideas for your film project we will be watching several clips from the famous experimental film series, "Meeting Two Queens" in class today.
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilia_Barriga: "Meeting Two Queens or Encuentro entre dos Reinas is Cecilia Barriga's skillful attempt at re-editing and cutting various scenes from films featuring Hollywood stars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich in order to create a space for lesbian identity politics and identity formation. It offers an alternative viewing of these famous Hollywood stars which effectively re-envisions them as icons of the burgeoning gay and lesbian movement of the early 1990s. Meeting Two Queens engages feminist politics due to it being a fan-made film for fans of Garbo and Dietrich - stars who are significant in film history, lesbian subculture, and feminist criticism. Barriga's film also assists in validating one's sexual identity with Hollywood role models, which is both empowering and liberating for the formation of gay identity and solidarity. Mary Desjardins writes in Film Quarterly that, "Film scholars have placed these works within the avant-garde because their construction through appropriation and juxtaposition of fragments from a variety of films supposedly offers a commentary on the meaning process of all films." The critic B. Ruby Rich in New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut comments that Barriga's Meeting Two Queens, "re-edits Dietrich and Garbo movies to construct a dream narrative: get the girls together, help them meet, let them get it on".(Encuentro entre dos Reinas, 1991 In The Girls in the Back Room: Looking at the Lesbian Bar, Kelly Hankin notes that Meeting Two Queens, "skillfully juxtaposes spare parts from a range of classical Hollywood films to depict a romance between Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich."
"The Hospital" and "The Library," beginning @ 2:40
"The Telephone," @ 6:29
"The Dialogue," @ 7:41

 

 

 

 



April 18 : Theme: Social Justice <<>> Social Media
Reading:
Juan Cole and Shahin Cole, “An Arab spring for women - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition”, April 26, 2011, http://mondediplo.com/openpage/an-arab-spring-for-women

Mona El-Naggar, “Equal Rights Takes to the Barricades - NYTimes.com”, February 1, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/world/middleeast/02iht-letter02.html?_r=1

Video:
“Egypt: The viral vlog of Asmaa Mahfouz that helped spark an uprising – Boing Boing”, February 2, 2011, http://boingboing.net/2011/02/02/egypt-the-viral-vlog.html ***(Please watch this BEFORE coming to class)

Vlog(s):
Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on Social Media & the Arab Spring!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!

In-class Film: "For Neda" (70 min)

For Discussion:
UCLA's Hypercities Project on Egypt

Youtube on UCLA's Iran Hypercities Project

Hypercities Project, Tehran the day Neda was murdered


 

 

 

April 20: Lab

 

 


 

 

 

April 25: Theme: Technology, Gender and Body Politics
Reading:

Knafo, Danielle. "Castration and Medusa: Orlan's Art on the Cutting Edge." Studies in Gender and Sexuality.10 (2009): 142-58.

Ayers, Robert. "Serene and Happy and Distant: An Interview with Orlan." The Cybercultures Reader. Ed. David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy. Second ed. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Armstrong, Rachel. "Anger, Art and Medicine: Working with Orlan." The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions If the Body in the Media Age. Ed. Joanna Zylinska. Technologies: Studies in Culture and Theory. London: Continuum, 2002. 172-80

 

 

 

 



April 27: Theme: Technology, Masculinity and Militarism
Reading:
Strauss, David Levi. "Breakdown in the Gray Room: Recent Turns in the Image War." Abu Ghraib: The Politics of Torture. Berkeley: Terra Nova, 2004. 87-101.

Sanbonmatsu, John. "Video Games and Machine Dreams of Domination." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

“The Drama of the Drone Papers.” Daily Intelligencer. Accessed November 12, 2015. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/drama-of-the-drone-papers.html.

This is not required reading but is of interest to those of you who would like additional information about the U.S. practice of relying on drone strikes: Columbia University Report on U.S. Drone Strikes


Film:
"Unmanned" (22 min.)

Video: We will watch this together in class.
"Collateral Murder"

Signature Strikes graphic
(From Colmbia University's report on US Drone Strikes linked above)



 

 

 

May 2: Lab

 

 

 

 

May 4: Lab

 

 

 

May 9: Lab

 

 

May 11: Lab

 

 

FINAL EXAM:
Mon, May 16, 2:30 –4:20, Hum 512, Attendance is mandatory!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/this_film_is_not_yet_rated/player.html

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/intersexion/player.html

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/pandemic_facing_aids/player.html

 

App*More informaiton on UCSD Professor Ricardo Domiguez and the Transborder Immigrant Tool Project here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to More Cool Tech Stuff!!

Get your own CSU Fullerton *free version* of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop here!!: http://www.fullerton.edu/sts/software/adobe/

Wikipedia Vision

TransHack Project: Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.

Wikipedia Vision: WikipediaVision is a (close to!) real-time visualization of edits to the English (and the German, French, Spanish, Swedish) Wikipedia site(s).

AIDS Quilt touch project

Article about The AIDS Quilt Touch Project

Link to CSUF student pricing for Adobe Creative Suite!

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise/Tutorial Links:

Code.Org

Paul's GIF Guide

Balloon Landscape Demo Files

Photoshop Retouching Tutorial Page

Dreamweaver Instructions

Windows Movie Maker Instructional Sheet

Movie Maker Video Tutorials

Movie Maker Demo WMV File

Camtasia Studio 7 tutorials

Creating open captions in Camtasia

 

 

 

Links on Filmmaking:

The Film Techniques of Hitchcock

Youtube on film techniques

Some additional online editing tools and programs

 

 

 

 

Links to Previous Students' Work:

Ashley Contreras's Page on "Images of War"

Anonymous Student Myspace "Technology Not 4 Me"

Raymond Fernandez's Page on "Mail Order Males"

Daniel's site on gaming and violence

Spring 2010 Final Project Web Design Gallery

Fall 2013 Tuesday class Tumblr: http://wmst320tuesday.tumblr.com/

Fall 2013 Wednesday class Tumblr:
http://wmst320wednesday.tumblr.com/

Spring 2013 Photoshop Image Galleries!

Fall 2012 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 2011 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 09 Video Gallery II

Fall 09: 1:00 Video Gallery

Fall 09: 2:30 Video Gallery

 

 

 

 

Visual Theory Links:

Visual Theory: Understanding "Framing"

Visual Theory: Appropriation and the relationship between images and text

Visual Theory: Roland Barthes "Commutation Test" and the Johnny Deere Doll

 

 

Experiments in Visual Theory and HTML

The Postmodern Psychodynamics of Visibility [deconstructing images with rollovers]

The PINK Project [theorizing images through Hypertext and "hotspots" or image mapping]

Does Language Influence Vision? [creating a game for your viewer]

Roland Barthes conception of the sign [interactive diagram]

"Marina's Gift" [mimicking the physical world]

"Visibleworld.net"

 

 

 

Other Readings of Interest:

Brady report on gun violence in America

Brady Report on Assault Weapons in the US

State-By-State Gun Laws

The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

“Wikipedia Ponders Its Gender-Skewed Contributions - NYTimes.com.” Accessed January 18, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/business/media/31link.html?_r=1&.

Wong, Kristina Sheryl. "Pranks and Fake Porn: Doing Feminism My Way." Catching a
Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century. Ed. Rory Dicker and Alison
Piepmeier. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003.

Goffman, Erving. Gender Advertisements. New York: Harper and Rowe, 1976.

Petchesky, Rosalind Pollack. "Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reprodduction." Feminist Studies 13.2 (1987): 263-92.

 

 

 

Other Cool Stuff to Check Out:

Play Twine game, "Sacrilige"

Google Reverse Image Search Engine

Google Cultural Institute

Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault and the PANOPTICON

Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Free Culture Manifesto

Creative Commons website

PBS's Art 21: Art in the 21st Century

Wikileaks: military video over Baghdad

WIRED's coverage of the Iraqi military video leaked by Wikileaks

George Washington University's National Security Archive

Amistad Digital Resource for Teaching African American History--Columbia University

The Memory Hole

Nanotechnologies and anti-bacterial underwear???

Text of E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Sandman"

The aesthetic of Postmodernism

Jon Ippolito "Hacking Copyright for Fun and Profit"

Guillermo Gomez Pena's site

Meet Lynn Hershman Leeson's Agent Ruby from her film "Teknolust" HERE!!

Artist Kara Walker's intrigueing cutouts on race and whiteness

The Guerrilla Girls

The Art of Barbara Kruger

 

DOD Statistics

 

VS

 

 

  

 

 
Technlogies of Vision--"Film Making Techniques"

 

 

 
"Photoshop Extreme"

 

 

lost info

 
http://www.stopbigmedia.com

 
2007 FCC Oversight Hearing -- John Kerry

 

 

 

 

 
Heather Hunt, Gender and Technoculture, Spring 2009