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Wired Women: Gender and New Realities in Cyberspace [Paperback]

by Cherny & Werse
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Book Description

March 20, 1996 1878067737 978-1878067739
A provocative, thoughtful, and impassioned look at what women are doing on the Net, as well as the kinds of community and culture that women, and men, are finding and creating there, this collection of 14 essays addresses such topics as courtship via e-mail, censorship, avoiding flames on Usenet groups, and women's experiences in the gender-bending world of MUDs (multiple user domains).


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Amazon.com Review

Like many past physical frontiers of the world, the online world has been, until recently, a bastion of male prerogative. Thankfully this is changing as more women gain access, and with statistical change comes a shift in online interpersonal relations and the very nature of the Net. Wired Women contains 15 essays written by women that provide a much-needed new perspective on a life--and a literature--that had for years been an odd cross between macho and nerdy.

From Library Journal

Weise, an Associated Press Internet correspondent, and Cherny, a researcher at AT&T Bell Labs, have pulled together 15 essays offering various insights from women heavily involved in the Internet. The topics range from the male chauvinism that permeates the net to cybercensorship at Carnegie Mellon. Many of the women narrate personal experiences, usually occurring on the job or while they were enrolled in an academic program. The world described is heavily chauvinistic yet populated with groups and mechanisms capable of providing diverse support to women from all parts of society. Some of the excitement and the technological breakthroughs that the Internet offers come through here, but the book lacks coherence and interpretation or analysis of what these anecdotal contributions really signify. For larger collections only.?Hilary Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (March 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878067737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878067739
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, fascinating, a few flaws January 1, 1997
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Format:Paperback
The essays, individually, were very strong, and collectively
make for quite an interesting read.

Pro: Funny in places you don't expect; don't miss the
"Clitoral Hoods" response to censorship at CMU, or numerous
other great touches.

Con: It is a little disorienting to receive (it seemed)
6 explanations of Usenet in a row. It seems like careful
editing could have prevented the essays from these tedious
redundancies.

More importantly, I found all the essays to be worth my
time reading, save one: the sensationalistic piece of tripe
about "hacker's attitudes towards women." I can only
conclude that the author of this piece was hopelessly naive,
or else was going out of her(?) way to create a piece of
fiction doing justice to every adolescent male's fantasies
of hacker eliteness. So cliche riddled it would have made
me laugh if it hadn't been so far removed from the rest
of the book in quality.

In sum: excellent essays, well worth a read, skip the
unspeakable hacker essay.
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