Ensuring Gender Diversity in ComputingSpeaker: Jennifer Rode – London, United Kingdom
Topic(s): Human Computer Interaction
AbstractResearch shows women are leaving computing at alarming rates, and this talk explores the reasons behind it. Feminist Science and Technology Studies discusses how gender inauthenticity, the difficulty of identifying as both female and technical, is at its core. However, this is not the only reason. Framing gender equity issues in computing in terms of binary gender is problematic because this is not a problem of two only genders. Statistics show identification with third genders to be growing across the Global North, for instance, a recent study by GLADD shows large percentages of 18-34 year olds identifying as non-binary, including 3% gender fluid, 2% trans, 1% bi, 1% genderqueer, and 3% agender. This represents a key demographic shift in youth attitudes. Globally, many indigenous peoples have had three or more gender identities common to their culture both throughout history and in the modern day. At the same time, most computer interfaces and most academic studies of technologies focus on only two genders. This talk explores why nonbinary perspectives are important in computing and what we can do to make technology more gender inclusive.
About this LectureNumber of Slides: 20
Duration: 45 minutes
Languages Available: English
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