From: David Scott
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Date: 22 Nov 1996
Remote Name: tsa-29.ucsc.edu
I wanted to answer one of the comments Christie made before I posted the second draft of my field note:
"Your 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."
I was drawing a parallel between sitting on a parent's lap when they are reading (either to themselves or to the child) as most children have experienced, and sitting on a parent's lap while they work at the computer as is beginning to happen now. The reason I chose to write "dad" rather than "mom" is because when I think about reading to a child, the image of Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockinbird" immediately comes to mind. You'll have to look for support of your male domination conspiracy theories somewhere else. :)
"They invade solar systems, and we fall back. They enslave worlds, and we fall back. The line must be drawn here!"