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Complicated women: Examining methodologies for understanding the uses of technology

Computers and Composition Volume 17, Number 2, ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


In this article, I call for more complicated understandings of the relationship between women and technology, arguing that two interpretive frameworks interfere with our current representations of women and technology: a reliance on what Paul V. Anderson (1998) has called “person-based research” (p. 63) and an either/or framework for thinking about technology. Recent scholarship is firmly grounded in an awareness that technologies are always ideological, that technologies can be used to both oppressive and empowering ends, and that disempowered groups are more likely to be oppressed than empowered by technologies. Although composition has developed a complicated understanding of the ideologies of technology, we have not focused our attention in a systematic way on the perhaps unique relationship of women and technology. I draw on feminist technology theorists’ constructions of technology as always ideological but never predetermined in its meanings for users as a way of beginning this project.


Takayoshi, P. (2000). Complicated women: Examining methodologies for understanding the uses of technology. Computers and Composition, 17(2), 123-138. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved January 28, 2023 from .

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