Post Tagged with: "feminist STS"

MyIdol, Your Avatar, Playful Surveillance, & Ubiquitous Facial Recognition

MyIdol, Your Avatar, Playful Surveillance, & Ubiquitous Facial Recognition

Ever wanted to see what you’d look like with blue hair? In a bright red suit? How about pole-dancing in a panda costume? A new, free, iPhone app called “MyIdol” has captivated the likes of Conan O’Brien, Miley Cyrus, and all of my friends. The app, by Chinese company Huanshi Ltd., generates a 3-D avatar from any facial image that you enter. Based on the instructions given (which are in Chinese, although that hasn’t stopped thousands of users) you can take a selfie, input the image, and the software will begin to match vector points on your face to produce […]

Facebook’s New Gender Options

Facebook’s New Gender Options

On Thursday, Facebook announced the launch of 50+ gender identifier options that users can select from, as well as three preferred pronoun choices (her, him, or them). This change to user preferences made official what many users had been previously experimenting with or “working around” on the site. Alex Schultz, director of growth at Facebook, was quoted stating “Really, there was no debate within Facebook about the social implications at all. It was simple: Not allowing people to express something so fundamental is not really cool so we did something. Hopefully a more open and connected world will, by extension, […]

Queer STS: Part 2

Queer STS: Part 2

 This is a two-part blog post, the first part focusing on provocations, and the second on assembling a “reading list” for STS students interested in queer studies. Jose Esteban Muñoz passed away today, and these posts are inspired by his work.      Start Here, Then Iterate: An STS student interested in the theme of “Queer STS” might start by reading Catharina Landstrom’s critique of Feminist STS, “Queering Feminist Technology Studies” (2007). Landstrom critiques the heteronormativity of feminist constructivist technology studies, which she argues reinforces gendered binaries in its focus on masculinist regimes and assumption of what qualifies as masculine. Her main […]

Queer STS: Part 1

Queer STS: Part 1

 This is a two-part blog post, the first part focusing on provocations, and the second part on assembling a “reading list” for STS students interested in queer studies. Jose Esteban Muñoz passed away today, and these posts are inspired by his work.  [Image credit]  “Queer is not yet here…we are not yet queer…We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future…Queerness is a structuring and educating mode of desiring that allows us to see and feel beyond the quagmire of the present. The here […]