The fantastic author, librarian and activist Melissa Morrone [@InfAgit] interviewed me to discuss technology, feminism, decentralized networks of power, and liberation-focused approaches to teaching.
Read the whole interview here: http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/?p=4778.
MM: can you talk more about that in your approach towards technology and intimidation?
HD: This plays into both a feminist and a liberationist approach to the world in general, where I find technology to have this masculinist, over-logical, kind of ableist edge where itâ€™s like, â€œYou can build anything! You just have to build it like this!â€ And then thereâ€™s this aggro sort of builder culture in technology that I think a lot of people find intimidating, and I found intimidating at times. I really want to not tell people that they canâ€™t do the work of the thing they want to build, but to actually be thoughtful and inclusive about the way in which Iâ€™m walking with people as they learn.
“When folks donâ€™t want to know how something happens, then itâ€™s much, much easier to be manipulated or given disinformation, or to accept that the only way to interface with it is through corporate or non-autonomous measures”
“I decided to get into professional work in technology in part as a feminist act, because I wanted to do work that was not traditionally associated with women. Also I give a shit about what I work on, what I do. And I wanted to be a bit of a needle, wanted to twist some knives, and it gives me an opportunity to do that. I kind of sit in this space of knowledge thatâ€™s in between being a builder/software coder/hacker on one side and a teacher/user/activist/thinker/cultural producer person on the other side.”