TECH IN WOMEN

(2018—ongoing)

curated collection of devices
paper: “Tech in Women: Vulnerable Technologies for Women’s Bodies”

Among my current projects is Tech in Women, named as a playful response to popular discourse on “women in tech.” The project consists of a curated collection of devices, scholarly research and writing, and associated works. The collection centers on technologies designed for women’s bodies, beginning with reproductive and menstrual technologies, and particularly focused on the recent proliferation of networked and wearable devices such as vaginal exercisers and speakers for playing music to fetuses.

Tech in Women not only examines the history of these technologies but also highlights their politics, and demonstrates the vulnerabilities they expose, such as disease, maternal pressures, and data privacy threats.

Current devices in the collection include:
Babypod — intravaginal speaker for gestating fetuses
Elvie — smart pelvic floor muscle exerciser
Livia — abdominal electrical nerve stimulator for menstrual cramps
Essure — nonsurgical female sterilization device
Wusic — womb heartbeat monitor
Mirena — hormonal contraceptive intrauterine device
Skyla — hormonal contraceptive intrauterine device
ParaGard — copper contraceptive intrauterine device
NuvaRing — hormonal contraceptive vaginal insert
Implanon — hormonal contraceptive implant
Bellybuds — abdominal speaker for gestating fetuses

Notes:
  • Recepient of Eloise Timmons Memorial Graduate Student Award
  • Recepient of Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant
  • The first piece developed out of the Tech in Women project collection is Music for Eggs