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Table of contents I The powers of textuality: thinking through cyberdiscourse Cyberdiscourse and the popular Internet Figures and figurations of women Revisiting common sense Things to do with textualities II Towards perfect female bodies and machines: Five decades of popular cybernetics Cybernetic improvements and reconstructions Reprogramming the subconscious with psycho-cybernetics Cyborg: control, men and machines Monsters, bionic creatures and boundaries of the human The best wives are artefacts: The Stepford Wives, feminism and technology Stepford wives as ideal women and fembots Women, robots, servants and other things The new media as cybernetic Cyberspace fictions and fantasies The shifting meanings of cyber III Media to dwell in: cyberspace, home pages and self-representation Living room wonderlands: mobility and media space Looking for the other: media, tourism and travelogue Cyberspace and other parallel realities Making oneself a(t) home: building personal home pages PERSONALITY AND INTERIOR DECORATION Homes of affinity and private ownership The powers of amateurism Home page celebrities and cinematic home pages On the conditions of play: identities, characters and home pages So many of me: identity, freedom and performativity Between identities and characters Imagination and its conditions Move, play, repeat IV Creating a "feminine" cyberspace: Services for the gendered other Figuring female Internet users The nature of difference: gender and origin stories Embodied differences: women's web sites by sanitary brands Common knowledge of women as media users Repetition of/without difference? Guide me to love: gender and the discourse of Net romance Romance, repetition and compulsion Journeys towards the self and others Cinematic online romance: You've Got M@il Romancing and domesticating the Internet Sexuality and scripted performances Things women need, things women want V Thinking through the cybernetic body: cybernetics and feminism Figuring female uses and feminine forms of technology Cybernetics, nature and technology Feminisation and the feminine Cyberfeminism and the problem with difference Bitches, grrrls and other self-definitions The many faces of Bitch: on linguistic appropriations "Us and Them:" surfing the waves of feminism Feminisms and "ways out" VI Binary gender... and things beyond Fantasies and norms of freedom Figures of critique References
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Internet and women.
Computers and women.
Technology and women.
Cyberspace -- Social aspects.