Gender and Technoculture WMST 320 – Fall 2013
California State University, Fullerton

Prof. Karyl Ketchum
Women & Gender and Queer Studies Minor Programs

Lab: Humanities 512 Office: Humanities 212D
Office hours: Tues/Wed 3:00-4:00 and by Appointment
Message Center: (657) 278-2480 (I generally receive messages left here within 24 hours)
Cell: 714.625.3616 (txt me if you need a quick response!)

Course Facebook Page:
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Course Website:
Student User Name: techstudent
Password: GenderTheory101!3

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This Cal State Fullerton course is one of 18 Distributed Open Collaborative Courses (DOCCs) offered at "nodal institutions" in the U.S. and Canada in the fall semester, 2013. The DOCC is meant to be a feminist rethinking of the concept of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. A MOOC is typically organized and branded by a single (elite) institution. A DOCC recognizes and is built on the understanding that expertise is distributed throughout a network, among participants situated in diverse institutional contexts, within diverse material, geographic, and national settings, and who embody and perform diverse identities (as teachers, as students, as media-makers, as activists, as trainers, as members of various publics, for example).

In this CSUF version of the DOCC we will create and collaborate on several technology-based projects that explore gender theory, queer theory, feminism, technology, video and art. Some of the most innovative projects will be showcased in the DOCC Commons and offline in gender theory, feminism and technology related exhibits. WOOT WOOT!!!

Note: This is an experimental course and will likely change as the semester progresses. Collectively, we will reflect on what is working, and what is not working, throughout the semester in order to ensure that the course remains collaborative and relevant to us as learners here at CSUF.




Course Documents & Important Links:


Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies

CSU Fullerton Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies website

Adobe Creative Suite: You will need access to this software for your Photoshop Gallery Project. You may purchase a discounted 1-year CSUF student license here for $40.00 (recommended!) or, you may also strategically time a 30-day trial license here.

Course Facebook Page

FemTechNet DOCC Key Word Videos Assignment

DOCC 2013: Dialogues on Feminism and Technology HOME

Extra Credit Opportunities!

Photoshop Gallery Assignment (due Oct 22 & 23!)

Wikipedia Editing Assignment

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Gender & Technoculture Film Fest Review Sheet!



Tuesday's class Tumblr:

Wednesday's class Tumblr:




Course Grading Rubric:
Participation (including Facebook posts) = 20pts
Photoshop Gallery = 25pts
Video = 25pts
Quizzes = 30pts
TOTAL = 100 pts

You have 2 required projects for this course:

Photoshop Gallery (15pts):  

For this project you will be creating 2 images in Photoshop and posting these online along with some accompanying theory-based description and analysis.  We will discuss requirements for this assignment in detail as a group.



PROJECT #2, Due By Dec 11 &12
1 Keyword Video (15pts):

You will each be doing 1 short “keyword video” (i.e. anywhere from 2-7 minutes give or take). You can find more information on this assignment here: and on the FemTechNet DOCC here:
You will have the option to work on your video collaboratively, with one or more people from our class, one or more students from our DOCC or, as an individual. We will discuss requirements for this assignment in detail as a group.

*Please do not worry if you have never created a video before—the technology is easy!



"Stormin' Wikipedia!" or, correcitng Wikipedia's gender bias






Course Readings and Assignment Schedule:

* All readings are due in class on the date under which they are listed.

** This syllabus and schedule will adapt and evolve based on group interests, current events, and time constraints!


Aug 27 & 28: The What/Why/Who of Gender Theory??? And, What the heck is a DOCC???

Review syllabus, questions, TITANium site and FemTech DOCC Commons







Sept 3 & 4: Introductions, DOCCs & Gender Studies 101
FemTechNet FAQ

Spender, Dale. "Language and Reality: Who Made the World?" The Routledge Language and Cultural Theory Reader. Ed. Tony Crowly and Alan Girvin Lucy Burke. The Politics of Language. London: Routledge, 1980. 145-53.

Cannon, Robert Alan Brookey and Kristopher L. "Sex Lives in Second Life." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Gender Studies 101 Some key terms and basic principles . . . great stuff!

Discussion: What is a Feminist? What is "Cyberfeminism"?

Second Life






Sept 10 & 11: THEME: The Histories of Sexuality, Gender and Identity Online
Bodies in Classrooms: Feminist Dialogues on Technology, Part I

Stone, Sandy. "Split Subjects, Not Atoms; or, How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis." The Cyborg Handbook. Ed. Chris Hables Gray. New York: Routledge, 1995. 393-406.

Turkle, Sherry. "Tinysex and Gender Trouble." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. 395-416.

Washington Post article “Does Virtual Reality Need a Sheriff?”

Please view both vlogs entitled, "Thoughts on the Readings by Stone and Turkle!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Second Life
SL Quick Start Guide
Places in Second Life to check out!

Second Life Ad

Link to Fox News coverage of our DOCC:







Sept 17 &18: Theme: Technology and Vision
The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

Kember, Sarah. Virtual Anxiety: Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity. New York: Redwood Books, 1998. Chap 1 – The Shadow of the Object: Photography and Realism.

Bartky, Sandra Lee. Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power. Conboy, Katie, Nadia Medina, and Sarah Stanbur Eds.y. Writing on the Body : Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory. A Gender and Culture Reader. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Please go through this Index of Kember-related Images

“Photo Tampering Throughout History,” On the Four & Six site—a company specializing in “image forensics”   *peruse the entire image archive but pay particular attention to the more recent fakes on page 11 & 12!

Please view both vlogs under "Thoughts on "The Shadow of the Object: Photography & Realism" by Sarah Kember!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on Visual Theory!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site! WARNING: it’s a bit long!!

Extreme Photoshop (we will watch this together in-class)

In Class Exercise:
Discuss the WIkipedia "Talk" page for Chelsea Manning and how knowledge is produced


"Content Aware" tutorial
"Puppet Warp" tutorial--cool stuff!!!


Marianne Wex, Let’s Take Back Our Space: “Female” and “Male” Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures (1979).







Sept 24 & 25: DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 1: "Labor: History of the Engagement of Feminism & Technology" - Judy Wacjman interviewed by Anne Balsamo
Balsamo, Anne Marie. "Gendering The TechnologicalImagination," Designing Culture : The Technological Imagination at Work. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Wajcman, Judy. "Feminist Theories of Technology." Cambridge Journal of Economics (2009).








Oct 1 & 2: DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 2: "Sexualities" - Faith Wilding and Julie Levin Russo
Amy Adele Hasinoff, “Sexting as Media Production: Rethinking Social Media and Sexuality,” New Media & Society, 2012.

Halberstam, Judith. "Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. 468-83.

“F. Wilding: Where Is Feminism in Cyberfeminism.” Accessed September 2, 2013.

Please view both vlogs under "Thoughts on "Automating Gender" by Judith Jack Halberstam!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!












Oct 8 & 9:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 3: "Race" - Lisa Nakamura and Maria Fernandez
Nakamura, L. (2009). Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26, 128-144.

“29 Cyberfeminism, Racism, Embodiment.” Accessed September 2, 2013.

Rayvon Fouché, “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud: African Americans, American Artifactual Culture, and Black Vernacular Technological Activity,” American Quarterly 58:3(2006), 639-­-661.

Read about "Black Girls Code" HERE:

Watch "Black Girls Code" mini documentary before coming to class today! Here's a link:

Photoshop Galleries











Oct 14 & 15:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 4: "Difference" - Shu Lea Cheang and Kim Sawchuk
Beth Coleman, “Race as Technology,” Camera Obscura 70, Vol 24, Num 1 (2009): pp. 176- 206

Ketchum, Karyl E. "Facegen and the Technovisual Politics of Embodied Surfaces." Women's Studies Quarterly 37.Special Issue: Technologies (2009): 183-99.

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Spectatorship, Power and Knowledge,” Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Please view the vlog entitled, "Thoughts on Vision, Visibility and Power!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Facegen Software – bring in three pictures of yourself for use in Facegen (one straight on, one right profile, one left profile). You can also download you own copy of the Facegen Modeller (PC version only) HERE:







Oct 22 & 23:Photoshop Gallery Assignment due in class TODAY!
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 5: "Body"
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body. New York: Basic Books, 2000. Chap 3, “Of Gender and Genitals” pg 45-77.

Knafo, Danielle. "Castration and Medusa: Orlan's Art on the Cutting Edge." Studies in Gender and Sexuality.10 (2009): 142-58.

Ayers, Robert. "Serene and Happy and Distant: An Interview with Orlan." The Cybercultures Reader. Ed. David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy. Second ed. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Armstrong, Rachel. "Anger, Art and Medicine: Working with Orlan." The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions If the Body in the Media Age. Ed. Joanna Zylinska. Technologies: Studies in Culture and Theory. London: Continuum, 2002. 172-80

Supplemental Readings!:
Jack Halberstam, “Technotopias: Representing Transgender Bodies in Contemporary Art,” In A Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (NYU Press, 2005)

Film: Intersexion [68 min.]

Lab: Camtasia








Oct 29 & 30:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 6: "Machine" - Wendy Chun and Kelly Dobson
Sanbonmatsu, John. "Video Games and Machine Dreams of Domination." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Please look At Kelly Dobson's work here: Be sure to watch the video documentation of her work entitled, "Blendie"!

Supplemental Readings!:
Fouché, Rayvon. “Aren’t Athletes Cyborgs?: Technology, Bodies, and Sporting Competitions.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 40, no. 1 (2012): 281–293. doi:10.1353/wsq.2012.0002.

Haraway, Donna. "A Cyborg Manifesto Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1991, pp.149-181.

Cross, Jamie. “Technological Intimacy: Re-engaging with Gender and Technology in the Global Factory.” Ethnography 13, no. 2 (June 1, 2012): 119–143. doi:10.1177/1466138111410621.

"Unmanned" (22 min.) We will watch this in class.

"Collateral Murder" We will watch this in class.

For Discussion:
Wikipedia Editiing Assignment
Keyword videos due Dec 11 &12!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

**View projects from previous semesters and the DOCC**
Mireya's Project
Miriam amd Ashley's Project
Eleonor's Project
Yashar's Project







Nov 5 & 6:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 7: "Systems" - Brenda Laurel and Janet Murray


This Film is Not Yet Rated [97 min.] We will watch this together in-class.


TUESDAY'S CLASS: Here is a link to finish the film, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." We left off at approximately 1:20:50.


WEDNESDAY'S CLASS: Here is a link to finish the film, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." We left off at approximately 1:00:00.








Nov 12 & 13:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 8: "Place" - Livestream: Radhika Gajjala and Sharon Irish

Coco Fusco "Who's Afraid of Yoani Sánchez" Huffington Post

Juan Cole and Shahin Cole, “An Arab spring for women - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition”, April 26, 2011,

Mona El-Naggar, “Equal Rights Takes to the Barricades -”, February 1, 2011,

Supplemental Readings!:
Mimi Thi Nguyen, The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in an Age of Terror Signs 36: 2 (Winter 2011), 359-­-383 University of Illinois, Urbana-­-Champaign

“Egypt: The viral vlog of Asmaa Mahfouz that helped spark an uprising – Boing Boing”, February 2, 2011, ***(Please watch this BEFORE coming to class)

Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on Social Media & the Arab Spring!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!

"Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer" (96 min) We will watch this together in-class.

For Discussion:
UCLA's Hypercities Project on Egypt

Youtube on UCLA's Iran Hypercities Project

Hypercities Project, Tehran the day Neda was murdered









Nov 19 & 20:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 9: "Infrastructure" - Lucy Suchman and Katherine Gibson Graham






Nov 26 & 27: FALL RECESS no class

3 assignments to complete over break:

#1: watch DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 11: "Archive" Lynn Hershman and B. Ruby Rich

#2: Introduce yourself to Lynn Hershman's Agent Ruby from her film "Teknolust" HERE!! Please interview Ruby about one of the themes from the course and post your thoughts about the interview and Ruby on our course Facebook page.

#3 Read: Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture. New York: Penguin Books, 2004. Chap 1 and 2.








Dec 3 & 4:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 11: "Transformation" Donna Haraway, Catherine Lord, and Beatrice daCosta


LAST LAB DAY! You will have all of lab time to work on your videos. By the time you leave class today your project should be online and ready to share at our next meeting!







Dec 10 &11: Video Project DUE TODAY!!!
Gender & Technoculture Film Fest WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!
Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absence will result in lowering your participation grade by one grade level--yikes!

** Final Exam time Tuesday class: December 17, 5:00-6:50
Gender & Technoculture Film Fest WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!

Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absence will result in lowering your participation grade by one grade level--yikes!


** Final Exam time Wednesday class: December 18, 5:00-6:50
Gender & Technoculture Film Fest WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!

Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absence will result in lowering your participation grade by one grade level--yikes!
































FemTechNet DOCC 2013 Important Links:

Join the DOCC 2013: Dialogues on Feminism and Technology HERE! Also go here to find out why the "Dialogues on Feminism and Technology" DOCC is such a critically important project and get access to the shared course documents and other resources.

Introduce yourself and talk to other students HERE!

Press release on our "Dialogues on Feminism and Technology" DOCC (Spanish version is at bottom of page)

List of DOCC nodal institutions and instructors--your collaborators and classmates!!!

FemTechNet DOCC Key Word Videos Assignment

FemTechNet Assignment on "Storming Wikipedia," or correcting Wikipedia's gender, racial and Western bias!







Articles about our FemTechNet DOCC 2013:

President Obama's plan to spread MOOCs

Jaschik, S. (2013, August 19). Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved August 24, 201, from

Jaschik, S. (2013, August 19). Feminists challenge Moocs with Docc. Times Higher Education. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from

Liss-Schultz, N. (2013, August 23). Can These Students Fix Wikipedia’s Lady Problem? Mother Jones. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from

Meyer, R. (2013, August 12). 5 Ways of Understanding the New, Feminist MOOC That’s Not a MOOC. The Atlantic. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from

Murphey, C. (2013, August 19). “Feminism and Technology” Class Seeks to Change the Face Of Online Learning. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from

Naili, H. (2013, August 16). FemTechNet Online Courses Teach History Of Feminists’ Tech Contributions. Huffington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from





Course Social Media Links:

Course Facebook Page

Tumblr SIgn-Up Page

Wordpress Sign-Up Page



Links to Cool Tech Stuff!!

Wikipedia Vision

TransHack Project: Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.

Wikipedia Vision: WikipediaVision is a (close to!) real-time visualization of edits to the English (and the German, French, Spanish, Swedish) Wikipedia site(s).

AIDS Quilt touch project

Article about The AIDS Quilt Touch Project

Link to CSUF student pricing for Adobe Creative Suite! -- download online vids through this free service!





Exercise/Tutorial Links:

Balloon Landscape Demo Files

Photoshop Retouching Tutorial Page

Dreamweaver Instructions

Windows Movie Maker Instructional Sheet

Movie Maker Video Tutorials

Movie Maker Demo WMV File

Camtasia Studio 7 tutorials

Creating open captions in Camtasia




Links on Filmmaking:

The Film Techniques of Hitchcock

Youtube on film techniques

Lo-fi Lounge Re/Mixed Media Festival

Some additional online editing tools and programs





Links to Previous Students' Work:

Spring 2013 Photoshop Image Galleries!

Fall 2012 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 2011 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 09 Video Gallery II

Ashley Contreras's Page on "Images of War"

Anonymous Student Myspace "Technology Not 4 Me"

Raymond Fernandez's Page on "Mail Order Males"

Daniel's site on gaming and violence

Spring 2010 Final Project Web Design Gallery

Fall 09: 1:00 Video Gallery

Fall 09: 2:30 Video Gallery





Visual Theory Links:

Visual Theory: Understanding "Framing"

Visual Theory: Appropriation and the relationship between images and text

Visual Theory: Roland Barthes "Commutation Test" and the Johnny Deere Doll



Experiments in Visual Theory and HTML

The Postmodern Psychodynamics of Visibility [deconstructing images with rollovers]

The PINK Project [theorizing images through Hypertext and "hotspots" or image mapping]

Does Language Influence Vision? [creating a game for your viewer]

Roland Barthes conception of the sign [interactive diagram]

"Marina's Gift" [mimicking the physical world]





Other Readings of Interest:

Wong, Kristina Sheryl. "Pranks and Fake Porn: Doing Feminism My Way." Catching a
Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century. Ed. Rory Dicker and Alison
Piepmeier. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003.

Goffman, Erving. Gender Advertisements. New York: Harper and Rowe, 1976.

Petchesky, Rosalind Pollack. "Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reprodduction." Feminist Studies 13.2 (1987): 263-92.




Other Cool Stuff to Check Out:

Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Free Culture Manifesto

Creative Commons website

PBS's Art 21: Art in the 21st Century

Wikileaks: militqary video over Baghdad

WIRED's coverage of the Iraqi military video leaked by Wikileaks

George Washington University's National Security Archive

Amistad Digital Resource for Teaching African American History--Columbia University

The Memory Hole

Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault and the PANOPTICON

Nanotechnologies and anti-bacterial underwear???

Text of E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Sandman"

The aesthetic of Postmodernism

Jon Ippolito "Hacking Copyright for Fun and Profit"

Guillermo Gomez Pena's site

Meet Lynn Hershman Leeson's Agent Ruby from her film "Teknolust" HERE!!

Artist Kara Walker's intrigueing cutouts on race and whiteness

The Guerrilla Girls

The Art of Barbara Kruger


DOD Statistics








Technlogies of Vision--"Film Making Techniques"



"Photoshop Extreme"



lost info

2007 FCC Oversight Hearing -- John Kerry




Heather Hunt, Gender and Technoculture, Spring 2009



Jenny Holzer's "Abuse of Power"
Jenny Holzer, 1982, "Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise"