Between a rock and a hard place: women and computer technology
This paper explores certain possible reasons behind the uneasy relationship between women and technology. The cultural identification of technology with masculinity has been well documented through previous research. However, we feel it is useful to revisit this complex relationship through the scope of a more subtle distinction between 'users' and 'connoisseurs', and the struggle over power, which revolves around a specific form of hegemonic masculinity. We draw on interviews that examine students' experiences, emotions, and statements about gender, technology, mathematics, and education, and we try to offer an understanding of the ways women negotiate their position within the dominant discourse about computing and mathematics. Our analysis employs post-structuralist discourse theory.