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Cybercraftivism

While early craftivism had a critical perspective towards technology because it was associated with mass production and was used as a tool of oppression, neo-craftivism or cyber-craftivism has now started to embrace and usurp technology to redefine it.

History

Technology used to be a male thing, aimed at doing megalomanic things like building pyramids, or waging wars, mostly to impress women, or make up for the male inability to give birth. But as a side-effect many of the technological inventions turned out to be actually quite useful.

Domestication Technology

In the 1960s men tried both to make their women's life at home more comfortable while consolidating their role as keeper of the household: Men generously provided their darlings with washing machines, dish washers and fridges, but also with sewing and knitting machines.

In the 1980s electronic gadgets and personal computers entered the home. If they were not a means to end, such as sewing machines or the TV-set, those items were considered items of technolgy, alas belonging to the masculine realm.

Liberation Technology

With the pervasion of the internet and mobile communication, technological items have made a complete U-turn from items of basement heremitage, to items of global communication. The world wide web has turned the domestic sphere inside out, and has turned it into the place where politics are made!

This is the very foundation for neo-craftivism - sometimes also called cyber-craftivism. It is the dialectic synthesis of the domestic sphere of privacy with the public sphere of politics. Craftivism started as a feminist movement but is about to transform into a truly humanist movement, that cares equally about all genders and all of humanity.

Literature

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