From: Christie M. Thomas
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Date: 21 Nov 1996
Remote Name: tsb-60.ucsc.edu
Hi David, I enjoyed you FN. Some of the issues you raised I've also discussed in my FN's.
You said, "Since I had worked with all of these children before (and Ana in the same activity), it was interesting to see how Mercedes and May interacted with them and how the children responded differently than they did to me."
In what ways (specifically )did the children respond differently to Mercedes and May than they did to you?
The gender of the participants in your FN stood out to me as well. (3 girls, 2 female undergrads and yourself). How relevant do you think that was to the differences your sensed in you alls interactions? Also have you ever seen a group of mostly boys participating in group art activities such as the one you all were involved in? I ask because I haven't. If you've noticed that too why do you think that is?
you also wrote, "Maybe the next generation of kids who have grown up sitting on their dads laps while he surfs the Internet will be a little different.
You word choice here is interesting. Usually when people refer to kids, one mentions the kids mom. Yet you said 'sitting on their *dad's* lap, while *he* surfs the Internet. You had the choice to say mom's lap, mom and dad's lap etc. yet you chose dad. I'm wondering if that was a random thing. Of course we know that use of and presence on the internet is still largely a male thing, yet that is steadily changing and women are increasingly represented. Was your word choice reflective of this fact? It seems to me an indication that computers/technology/the web etc is still seen as a MALE domain. What do you think?