In seems as though feminists try to gain a foothold on every social platform to proclaim their history of grievances, including the field of technology.
Cynthia Cockburn was one of the first to research the ways in which the development of technology was apparently catered towards men. She believes that gender is just a social construct and that men use slight advantage in bodily strength against women. She uses the argument that becoming a specific gender is a result of using “heavy powerful object” or not using them. She goes on to say:
“[…] a small physical difference in size, strength and reproductive function is developed into an increasing relative physical advantage to men and vastly multiplied by differential access to technology […] The appropriation of muscle, capability, tools and machinery by men is an important source of women’s subordination, indeed it is part of the process by which females are constituted as women.” (Technology & Social Power, 78)
Cockburn claims that they could have developed machinery smaller and lighter so that women could have some of the higher paying factory jobs as well, but instead kept they were kept upstairs doing secretary work— (the ever stereotypical feminine profession.)
As a woman, of course I want to see equality, in the Constitutional sense, between both genders and all races of people. Women did have a real complaint when they weren’t allowed to vote or pursue the careers they wanted. I’m very grateful to those independent women who paved the way for all of us today. I was able to vote this past November, and am studying the things I love at one of the highest academic institutions in America. That’s awesome!
But ladies, we have to draw a line somewhere. I doubt men were intentionally inventing technologies with purposeful disadvantages for women. It was new and unfamiliar territory. We can’t fault them for not making groundbreaking technology with all the clean, light, compactness of a Mac computer on their first try. It just wasn’t going to happen.
Also, I disagree with Cockburn in that gender is purely a social construct. While she says that our only differences are size and reproductive qualities, that is simply untrue. I believe in a creative God who made two genders that are designed uniquely and wonderfully different from one another.
Women and men are equal, but different.