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We are delighted to announce the publication of the Journal of Peer
Production #8, “Feminism and (Un)Hacking”

The issue is available here:

>From the Introduction, "Feminist Hacking/Making: Exploring New Gender
Horizons of Possibility" by SSL Nagbot (a.k.a Lilly Nguyen, Sophie
Toupin, and Shaowen Bardzell)

This special issue of the Journal of Peer Production shows a growing
body of work that brings together feminism with hacking and making. To
date, feminist thinking has been taken up by hacking and making
researchers to reveal the gendering of techno-labor, to facilitate
emancipatory efforts, to cultivate alternative perspectives, and to make
visible the infrastructural relations of technology. This combination of
visualization with emancipatory alterity demonstrates the ways that
feminism in hacking is largely based on a politics of visibility; that
is, hacking and making serve the broader objectives of bringing to light
the invisible infra/structures of power that render technological
achievement possible. In this special issue, we see that the extant
forms of feminist research and practice critique gendered forms of
marginalization in hacking and making in several ways. First, many
feminist hackers and makers seek to redress the lack of gender diversity
within these techno-communities through the designs of women, queer, and
trans-friendly spaces for hacking and making or addressing
women-centered concerns such as improving breast-pumps for nursing.
Second, we also see that hacking and making comprise both a method and a
framework to introduce new kinds of expertise, such as craft and care,
into conversations of information technology. These configurations of
hacking and making as a method and framework depart from the strict
focus on technology associated with the masculinity of hacking. Instead,
we find that the feminist inquiry and interventions within the essays in
this special issue alter the very notions of hacking and making and thus
introduce alternate values of inclusion and intimacy.

Peer Reviewed Academic Papers

Situating Making in Contemporary Latin American Feminist Art
By Claudia Costa Pederson

Hacking the Feminist Disabled Body
By Laura Forlano

Towards a Feminist Hackathon: The “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck!” Hackathon
By Catherine D’Ignazio, Alexis Hope, Alexandra Metral, Ethan Zuckerman, David Raymond, Willow Brugh and Tal Achituv

Inversions of Design: Examining the Limits of Human-Centered Perspectives in a Feminist Design Workshop
By Sarah Fox and Daniela Rosner

Interviews and Art Essays

Dear Arduina: An Interview with Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory
by Rachelle Beaudoin

Perishable Bodies: A Study of Wearable Technology Through the Eyes of An Anorexic
By Veronica Black

“The Nostalgia Question” and Feminist 8-bit Game Hacking
by Rachel Simone Weil
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