Crafting Power: Writing and the Online D.I.Y. Movement
Antonia Massa-MacLeod, University of Wisconsin Madison

Sadly missed the first part. An analysis of Etsy.

  • Many people on Etsy are learning techniques bring people together, creating a rhetoric. DIY rhetoric includes support, substantially, and connections.
  • DIY rhetoric is overall good, but promotes economic citizenship, dividing people into producing and consuming classes
  • Ave income for those who sell on Etsy in the 60Ks and have higher level degrees.

From Q&A: there is a blog called regretsy.

Virtual (Re)Production: Rhetorics of Reproductive Technology and Their Mediation in China and the U.S.

Erin Frost, Illinois State University

Fascinating paper. Focused on listening and only took a few notes at the end. URL:

A few points:

  • there is tug of war content between women and technology (especially in regards to reproductive technology)
  • women impacted by laws and technologies
  • women often connect and apply tactics to try to get around
  • Chinese and American women should work together to find techniques to meet their goals
  • We shouldconsider a holistic education: mind and body

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Differently: A Feminist Perspective on Students’ Attitudes Towards Technology and Writing
Jeanne L. Bohannon, Georgia State University
Chuck Bohannon, Cass High School, Bartow County, Georgia

Scary data:

  • gender gap exists between girls and boys, especially in technology
  • only 17% of those taking the AP exam in comp sci are girls

Studied female students’ attitudes towards texting vs formal writing and whether girls consider texting to be writing. Used a feminist methodology. They considered to be either good with technology or w/ “girly” things, not both. It was a study of 16-18 year-olds in Bartow Count, GA


  • slightly more females texted daily (67% to 60%)
  • 70% of males considered texting as writing, but only 40% of females
  • 80% of males considered texting made them better writer, but none, 0% of females!
  • females did not connect texting, the personal, to more formal writing
  • equal number males and females did writing by hand for fun
  • none of the female wrote outside of the classroom for fun, but 30% of males
  • 90% of males had access to computers at home, but only 67% of females

Something to say?