The gender issue through the prism of science and technology

A cover devoted to the question of gender. A first for the MIT Technology Review, the magazine installed on the campus of the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. In its September-October edition, the magazine offers numerous articles in fields as varied as computer programming, research on gametes and reproduction, biological sex and non-binarity, or what is involved in taking taking into account so-called female hormones for the immune system and health.

“Not only has gender long influenced how people experience technology, but technology, in turn, is increasingly influencing how we understand and experience gender,” writes in his editorial, Mat Honan, the editor, who recognizes that this is a subject to which his newspaper, like so many others, has given too little space for decades.

Still straight white men in charge

In her article on the history of women’s progress (or rather their absence) in Silicon Valley, historian Margaret O’Mara notes that “despite the vast wealth of the sector and the commitments that big companies claim to have in favor of the rights of women, LGBTQ + and racial minorities, the tech environment remains essentially dominated by heterosexual white men”. Also, says the editor-in-chief:

“When we started to think about this file [sur le genre] a few months ago, it seemed to us to be an important prism through which to examine the limitless possibilities of the future.”

Then, on June 24, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Roe vs. Wade, disintegrating the constitutional right to abortion and allowing states that wish to ban it outright. A setback for human rights and health, which makes Matt Honan say, regarding the choice of the subject of one: “As we close these pages, we have a sense of urgency about this issue more than ever.”

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