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Sexing Code

Subversion, Theory and Representation

Author(s): Claudia Herbst
Subject: Social Sciences

Book Description

Critically investigating the gender of programming in popular culture, Sexing Code proposes that the de facto representation of technical ability serves to perpetuate the age-old association of the male with intellect and reason, while identifying the female with the body. Challenging this division, in which code is situated within the male sphere, the discussion highlights women¹s contributions in the writing and theorizing of code, particularly in the digital arts, hacking, and hacktivism. Presenting an accessible and lively discussion, Sexing Code demonstrates that the gendering of programming selectively confers the privilege of authorship and is therefore a salient factor in the production of culture in the twenty-first century.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8479-5
ISBN-10: 1-84718-479-0
Date of Publication: 01/03/2008
Pages / Size: 160 / A5
Price: £29.99


Claudia Herbst is a digital artist and media theorist whose works explore the meaning of technology in the construction of gender. Her critical inquiries focus on the social, political, and economic role of computer programming and contextualize technology’s languages as a form of writing and literacy.