Re: Science fiction?
Vanuxem Grégory schrieb:
I am aware of other SF authors, often women, who create female heroes
that do not reproduce the current and conservative ideas about man/women
relationships. Ursula Le Guin is certainly one of them who leaves gender
mutual and open. There is also this story of Joanna Russ in which she
describes a planet of women who do not define themselves in relation to
men, meaning not in difference. I personally think that the genre is
quite a good one to experiment within and to be creative - by
You speak about women who do not define themselves in relation to men.
I am an anthropologist, which means that my main aim is to understand
how a certain society (in this case the floss community) works. I am
interested in forms of organisation, believe systems, basic assumptions,
etc. I am interested in what people do who take part in floss and also
how they do it.
Can you quickly explain theory/hypothesis behind your studies ?
Is your work relied to psychosocial gender/group studies ?
There is a gendering happening in the floss community in the sense that
there are very few women active in the community.This is the part in
which the EC is mostly interests. I am still in the middle of my
fieldwork, but what I also think is happening in the floss community is
that there is a gendering happening in the sense that the few women
involved in it - though in theory free to do what they want to do - are
taking on activities often distinct to those men in the community take
on. I want to understand the why of that as well. I think these two
strands are not unrelated with each other. I think it is not only
important to get more female buns in front of computers to take part in
free software projects in general, but to get more women involved in the
same kind of activities as are men.
Of course our research is not isolated, but is put into relation with
research undertaken in neighbouring fields such as women and science or
women and ICT studies.I also try to look at similarities and differences
with societies engaging in non-capitalist types of exchange relationships.