Zillah Eisenstein

My writings, thoughts, and activism.

Tutorial: Gender in Cyberspace (Spring 1999)

Required Readings (books at IC Bookstore)
Power/Knowledge, M. Foucault, Colin Gordon, ed. (Pantheon).
America, J. Baudrillard (Norton).
Habermas and the Public Sphere, Craig Calhoun, ed. (MIT Press).
Flame Wars, Mark Dery, ed. (Duke Univ. Press).
Resisting the Virtual Life, James Brook and Iain Boal (City Lights Books, San
Francisco).
Open Sky, Paul Virillio.
Wired Women, L. Chung, Elisabeth Weise, ed. (Seal Press).
Net Chick, Carla Sinclair (Henry Holt & Co.).
Electronic Eros, Claudia Springer (U of Texas P).
Global Obscenities, Zillah Eisenstein.
Purposes of the Course:
1. To theorize cyberspace as a political location defining sex and gender
relations.
2. To examine the meaning of `virtuality’ in light of the relationship
between real/ideal and public/private.
3. To explore the re-construction of gender in and on cyberspace.
4. To query the democratizing potential of the technologies defining and used
in cyberspace.
5. To examine the `new’ publics defined by virtual reality.
6. To rethink the contours of politics and power for “netizens.”
Course Schedule
1. Examine the dimensions of the internet and set up sites to explore in
order to do research on:
a. sex on the net
b. privacy on the net
c. etc.
Read: Net Chick
2. Theorize dispersed power relations.
Read: Power/Knowledge-2-
3. Theorize virtuality.
Read: America
4. Theorize Publicness.
Read: Habermas and the Public Sphere
5. Discuss the new interrelations and publics on the internet.
Read: (a) week one – Open Sky
(b) week two – Electronic Eros
(c) week three – Wired Women
(d) week four – Resisting the Virtual Life
(e) week five – Flame Wars
(f) week six – Global Obscenities
Requirements:
Two papers:
(1) an 8-10 page paper theorizing the relations of
cyperspace
(2) an 8-10 page paper researched on the net
Internet Sites to be Used:
ON GENDER
Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
gopher.igc.apc.org:70/11/orgs/wedo/wedo.un/wcw
The Women’s Economic Network based in Canada
http://web.t10-laba.mum.ca/aldyke/
Women Today in China
http://www.ihep.ac.cn/women/main.html
The Network of East-West Women, a communication network linking more than
800 women’s advocates in more than 30 countries of Central and Eastern
Europe, the former Soviet Union and Western Europe, and North America.
http://www.igc.apc.org/womensnet/beijing/ngo/neww.html
Women’s Online Media Project – Tokyo
http://tsuru.suehiro.nakano.tokyo.jp/WOM/English/index.html
Coordination Region de ONGS de America Latina
http://www.nando.net/prof/beijing/
United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women Home Page
http://www.undp.org/fwcw/dawfwcw.htm-3-
Linkages WWW Page on the Fourth World Conference on Women
http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/women.html
WOMEN’SNET @IGC
http://www.igc.apc.org/womensnet/
Listing of Feminist Organizations Across the Globe, huge, very interesting
scope
http://www.feminist.org/other/beijing2.html
Digital Images of Women’s Artwork, seen as a global women’s exhibition
format
http://wwol.inre.asu.edu/toc.html
Feminist Site for Peace and Social Justice for a Shared Jerusalem
http://www.batshalom.org/
Listings of Women’s Groups and Actions in Russia and Other Post-communist
societies
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2533/russfem.html
Cyberfeminism, huge and great set of sites; from these listings one can go
just about anywhere to find cyberwomen stuff
http://206.251.6.116/geekgirl/oolstick/sadie/sadie.html
Online Zine–great and interesting
http://www.geekgirl.com.au/geekgirl/index.html
Teen/Girls Guide to the Internet
http://www.womenspace.com/
Virtual Sisterhood
http://www.igc.apc.org/vsister/vsister.html
ON GLOBAL
http://www.mcspotlight.org
http://corpwatch.org
http://orandon.guggenheim.org
http://www.ithac.edu/key
ON RACE AND THE NET
The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: African American Critical Theory and
Cyberculture.
http://www.kalital.com/Text/Writing/Whitenes.html
Bridging the Digital Divide: The Impact of Race on Computer Access and
Internet
use. Good access for blacks is key; especially through educational
opportunity.
http://www2000.ogsm.vanderbilt.edu/papers/race/science.html-4-
What it Means to be Black in Cyberspace. Good site.
http://www.panix.com~mbowen/cz/identity/blakCMC.html
Cyborg Diaspora: Virtual Imagined Community.
http://ernie.bgsu.edu/~radhik/sanov.html
High Technology and Low-Income Communities: Prospects for the Positive Use
of
Advanced Information Technology.
http://web.mit.edu/sap/www/high-low/
Losing Ground Bit by Bit: Low-Income Communities in the Information Age.
Good.
http://www.benton.org/Library/Low-Income/
New Data on the Digital Divide.
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/net2/
NetNoir.com=20
htto://www.netnoir.com — or Keyword AOL: NetNoir (bookmark)
Bringing Technology to the Barrio.
http://www.latinolink.com/news/news98/0923nbar.htm

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