Gender and Technoculture WGST 320 – Fall 2014
California State University, Fullerton

Prof. Karyl Ketchum

Women & Gender and Queer Studies Minor Programs

Lab: Humanities 512 Office: Humanities 212D
Office hours: Tues/Thurs 12:00 - 1:00
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!)

Social Media:
Course Website:
Course Facebook Page:
CSUF WMST 320 or, (Don't forget to keep a running log of your FB posts in a Word document!)
Hashtags: (for Tumblr, Twitter, FB, Instagram, etc.) please use BOTH of these hashtags: #‎FemTechNet #‎DOCC

FemTechNet Logo


FemTech course design poster

This Cal State Fullerton course is one of several Distributed Open Collaborative Courses (DOCCs) offered at "nodal institutions" in the U.S., Canada and Italy. The DOCC is meant to be a feminist rethinking of the concept of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. In this course students will create and collaborate on several technology-based projects that explore gender theory, queer theory, feminism, technology, video, art and craft. Some of the most innovative projects will be showcased worldwide in online portals and offline in gender theory, feminism and technology related exhibits. WOOT WOOT!!!

Note: This is an experimental course and becasue of this it will 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:


Dr. K's Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies

CSU Fullerton Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies website

Principles of Film Theory Guide

1st Project due Sept 18: reMIX! project guidelines and info

Photoshop Assignment!!! DUE IN CLASS NOV 20!!!





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 26:
Who is you professor?
What the heck is a DOCC??
What is this course about???
Review syllabus




Aug 28: Introductions, DOCCs & Gender Studies 101





Sept 2: Gender Theory/Queer Theory 101
Reading: You have 2 readings for class on 8/2. both are linked below.
: As you read the piece linked below by Dale Spender, every time she uses the word “males,” or its variation, change it to “masculine, ” or its variation. So, “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by males, which were directed towards ensuring male primacy within the language” [148], becomes “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by masculine individuals, which were directed towards ensuring masculinity’s primacy within the language” By doing this we no longer cast blame on all “men," nor do we allow ourselves to imagine that all “ men ” experience masculine privilege in the same way or even at all! Instead, we begin to see the ways in which masculinity - as a kind of floating signifier - attaches itself to different bodies in different ways depending on race, class, able-bodiedness, heteronorms and cultural, national and historical context . By doing this as you read you will TRANSFORM this piece, and still keep all that is excellent about it!
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.
*For those of you interested in more info on the strengths and weaknesses of Spender's peice, go here:

Dr. K's Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies

In Class Discussion:
The Gingerbread Person diagram

Exquisite Corpse reMIX! project!

Exquisite Corpse in poetry:

"Epic Exquisite Corpse Drawing":

Watch select vidding projects here:

Assign groups their Video Dialogue!






Sept 4:

1 rogue reading - very short...forgive!!: Killermann, Sam. The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender. Austin, Tx.: Impetus Books, 2013. excerpt.

Please watch the short vlog below on gender/bio sex/sexuality from Hank of the Vog Brothers! (Thanks, Karisty!)

Camtasia reMIX! projects

Groups watch and discuss their assigned FemTechNet Video DIalogue

Watch examples of vid remixes:
Barbie Liberation:
Spock and Kirk Remix: Dollhouse's Secret War On Women:
Damsel in Distress Part 1:

1: Tutorial on Camtasia interface here!

2: Tutorial on editing tracks here!

3: Working with a text slide tutorial here!

4: Adding transitions tutorial here--cool stuff!!

5: Camtasia "call outs" tutorial here!

6. Working with audio in Camtasia!

*A list of additional Camtasia tutorials is here!






Sept 9: THEME: reMIX! culture and Creative Freedom
Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture. New York: Penguin Books, 2004. Chap 1 and 2.

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 under "Thoughts on "Spectatorship, Power & Knowledge!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site! (Please ignore the fact that this semester we are wathcing this vid at the *beginning* of the term rather than the end, as I assume in the video!)
WARNING: This video is quite a bit longer than the others, however, please watch it carefully as these ideas are absolutely critical to your success on our first project!

Vid Glitch

In Class:

Group Exquisite Corpse exercise!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques








Sept 11:
work on reMIX! projects!








Sept 16: Theme: Sexuality, Gender and the Body Online
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.

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





Sept 18: Don't forget to create your Second Life account BEFORE coming to class today!!






Sept 23:Theme: Technology, Gender & Desire Don't forget to create your Second Life account BEFORE coming to class today!!
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.

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.

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

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

Second Life Ad

Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to Be Another from BeAnotherLab on Vimeo.

LGBT in Second Life:






Sept 25:





Sept 30 THEME: Technology, Whiteness and Racialization
Rodriguez, Vernadette V. Gonzlez and Robyn Magalit. "Filipina.Com: Wives, Workers and Whores on the Cyberfrontier." An Introduction to Women's Studies :Gender in a Transnational World. Ed. Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan. Vol. 2. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 2006. 375-79.

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

“Face to Anti-Face - Op-Art -” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

Read the website: "Camouflage From Face Detection" or, how to hide from machines! “CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

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 2:
Lab: Load Exquisite Corpse reMIX! projects to Vimeo!!!

For Discussion:
The Homicide Report: A Story For Every Victim







Oct 7 THEME: Technology, Whiteness and Racialization
1:00 Class please read the following:
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.

Read about "Black Girls Code" HERE:

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

Also, you are not required to read this but in case you are interested in more info,here's the New York Times article Nakamura discusses, "The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer"

2:30 class please read/view the following:
Bean, Jennifer Lee and Frank D. 2004. "America's Changing Color Lines: Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, and Multiracial Identification." Annual Review of Sociology 30.

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.

Also, you are not required to read this but in case you are interested in more info,here's the New York Times article Nakamura discusses, "The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer"


Videos to watch together *in class*!

"Ni Hao (A Gold Farmers Story)" on Youtube (discussed by Nakamura)








Oct 9:
Photoshop Retouching Tutorial AND Balloon Landscape tutorial






Oct 14 THEME: Technology and Vision

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

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 19, 20 & 21!

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

AND Check out this artist's cool course-related project!



Oct 16:
Photoshop Retouching Tutorial AND Balloon Landscape tutorial

Video to watch together *in class*!







Oct 21 THEME: False Binaries, Shifting Bodies and Unruly Genders
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body. New York: Basic Books, 2000. Chap 3, “Of Gender and Genitals” pg 45-77.

Film: Intersexion [68 min.]









Oct 23: No class!
Please do the two tutorials linked below on your own and BEFORE class on Oct 28, next Tuesday!
You will need to either download your free student copy of Adobe Creative Suite or work in one of the campus labs that has this software available.

Go here to get your own *free version* of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop!!:

Tutorials to finish before Oct 28:
Tutorial #1: "Content Aware" tutorial
Tutorial #2: "Puppet Warp" tutorial--cool stuff!!!









Oct 28 THEME: Representing and Defining Feminine Sexualities
The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

(author withheld). 2015. "Audiovisual Strategies of Trans* Video Blogs." Transgender Studies Quarterly 3.

Koedt, Anne. "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm." CWL Herstory Online Archive (1970).

Watching in class: "The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies" and "The Great Wall of Vagina"

For Discussion: Female Anatomy

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






Oct 30: No class!
In lieu of class today, please watch the film, "This Film is Not Yet Rated," linked below before coming to class next Tuesday, Nov 4!:






Nov 4 THEME: Representing and Defining Feminine Sexualities (continued)
Amy Adele Hasinoff, “Sexting as Media Production: Rethinking Social Media and Sexuality,” New Media & Society, 2012.







Nov 6:




Nov 11: Veteran's Day - no class




Nov 13
Photoshop assignments






Nov 18 THEME: Social Justice/Social Media

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,

“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!

"For Neda" (68 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




We will be loading our final Photoshop Gallery Assignments up to our class Tumblr in class today - Woot Woot!





Nov 25 & 27: FALL RECESS no class








Dec 2 Theme: Technology, Masculinity and Militarism
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.

Strauss, David Levi. "Breakdown in the Gray Room: Recent Turns in the Image War." Abu Ghraib: The Politics of Torture. Berkeley: Terra Nova, 2004. 87-101.

Please read th e "Summary and Recommendations" portion of Columbia School of Laws Governmental Report, "The Civilian Impact of Drone Strikes: Unexamined Costs, Unanswered Questions" here: Or, you may read the entire report if you wish. It is here:

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

"Collateral Murder" We will watch this in class.


drones graphic




Dec 4:
Wiki Editing






Dec 8 THEME: Technology and Interventions in the Female Body

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




Dec 11:
Wiki Editing





** Final Exam time 1:00 class: Dec 16, noon - 1:30


** Final Exam time 2:30 class: Dec 18, 2:30 - 4:20









































FemTechNet DOCC Links:

Wikipedia Editing



Course Social Media Links:

Course Facebook Page

Tumblr SIgn-Up Page

Wordpress Sign-Up Page



Links to Cool Tech Stuff!!

Harassmap: "The HarassMap has many functions. It is a tool for anyone who has been harassed or assaulted and for witnesses to harassment and assault all over Egypt to anonymously share and report their experiences."

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!






Exercise/Tutorial Links:

Balloon Landscape Demo Files

Photoshop Retouching Tutorial Page

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"