We’re Sexist Toward Robots

[I]f design­ers don’t include explic­it or implic­it gen­der cues in their robots, users still have a habit of per­ceiv­ing them as male or female. Peo­ple give their Room­bas gen­dered pet names. Just as we have a mas­sive pro­cliv­i­ty to anthro­po­mor­phize the objects around us, so we like to call them he or she—tendencies that aren’t unre­lat­ed.

You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma

The con­tro­ver­sy about the term “tran­ny” is not a sin­gu­lar occur­rence; such tus­sles have become a rather pre­dictable and reg­u­lar part of all kinds of con­fer­ences and meet­ings. Indeed, it is becom­ing dif­fi­cult to speak, to per­form, to offer up work nowa­days with­out some­one, some­where claim­ing to feel hurt, or re-trau­ma­tized by a cul­tur­al event, a paint­ing, a play, a speech, a casu­al use of slang, a char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, a car­i­ca­ture and so on whether or not the “dam­ag­ing” speech/characterization occurs with­in a com­plex aes­thet­ic work.