Feminist technology / edited by Linda L. Layne, Sharra L. Vostral, and Kate Boyer.

"Is there such a thing as a "feminist technology"? If so, what makes a technology feminist? Is it in the design process, in the thing itself, in the way it is marketed, or in the way it is used by women (or by men)? In this collection, feminist scholars trained in diverse fields consi...

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Other Authors: Layne, Linda L., Vostral, Sharra Louise, 1968-, Boyer, Kate.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2010]
Series:Women, gender, and technology.
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505 0 0 |t Sorting out the question of feminist technology /  |r Deborah G. Johnson --  |t The need to bleed? A feminist technology assessment of menstrual-suppressing birth control pills /  |r Jennifer Aengst, Linda L. Layne --  |t Why the home pregnancy test isn't the feminist technology it's cracked up to be and how to make it better /  |r Linda L. Layne --  |t Breast pumps: a feminist technology, or (yet) "more work for mother"? /  |r Kate Boyer, Maia Boswell-Penc --  |t Tampons: re-scripting technologies as feminist /  |r Sharra L. Vostral --  |t From subaltern alignment to constructive mediation: modes of feminist engagement in the design of reproductive technologies /  |r Anita Hardon --  |t Teaching feminist technology design /  |r Frances Bronnet, Linda L. Layne --  |t Feminist inventor's studio /  |r Sharra L. Vostral, Deana McDonagh --  |t What we know about feminist technologies /  |r Shirley Gorenstein. 
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