The Entangled Soul of a Posthumanist Machine

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In the scope of my research, a feminist programming language is to be built around a non-normative paradigm that represents alternative ways of abstracting. The intent is to encourage and allow new ways of thinking about problems such that we can code using a feminist ideology.

To succinctly sum up my research thus far I will outline the decomposition of my question below:

The idea came about while discussing normative and feminist subject object theory. I realized that object oriented programmed reifies normative subject object theory. This led me to wonder what a feminist programming language would look like, one that might allow you to create entanglements (Karen Barad Posthumanist Performativity).

I realized that to program in a feminist way, one would ideally want to use a feminist programming language. So what is a feminist programming language? Well I took a look at the major programming paradigms, the following are the four main groups a programming language can fall into: imperative, functional, object-oriented, and logic. I decided to explore feminist logic such that a feminist programming language could be derived.

I am currently exploring feminist critiques of logic in hopes of outlining a working framework for the creation of a feminist programming language.

If this is something you are interested in and would like to give me some feedback on I would truly appreciate it. Thank you for any and all feedback. I would love to open up a dialogue about what I am working on and my approaches to answer my research question.

Feminism and Programming Languages [HASTAC, via Know Your Meme]
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Sorry. The only jokes I can come up with are totally sexist and would piss JNOV off.

Well I have an idea about error codes.

If one does not pass the correct parameters to a process, it could be called a TERF error.

For those of you like me, who had NO idea what a TERF was, it’s an acronym for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist” The type of feminist that believes you can only be a woman if you are born with and XX chromosome pair.

Thankfully I have not encountered any of those folks yet. But does I have the bitters about it? Yeah, but I ain’t losing sleep over it. Their loss.

*And on an entirely different note, I am (Like QEII and Benedick) working on my Christmas message. I keep having to stop when I cry about all the kindness shown to me since I transtioned.*

@Jenny_F: That’s a new one on me — and I work with a public university where I usually hear these things early.

But since we’re Talking Geek, here’s a favorite from the comments:

I think this type of logic represents the feminist idea that something can be and not be without being a contradiction, that is a system where the following statement is not explosive: (p && ¬p) == 1.

Or, in more general logic: (True and Not True) equals True.

Because Identity is Patriarchal. I guess.

As it happens, something like this is actually the case in Quantum Mechanics, so you really need to Adjust Your Paradigms if you’re diving into that mess.

And, in turn, if you’re devising a program/language that deals with Quantum Mechanics, you have to allow for that.

But if instead you’re, oh, I dunno, programming a website, or an app, or a database — the kinds of things most programmers do — then you kinda want 1 to be different than -1, or you encounter the terminal error known as SNAFU.

Beyond that, create whatever ideologically informed language you’d like. And good fucking luck to whoever has to compile that shit.

Speaking of feminism, I am not above objectifying men, and neither is Kmart, apparently.

@mellbell: Just as an FYI, balls don’t actually ring like that.

So glad I passed on going for a Phil. PhD.

@SanFranLefty: Reached the point where it was me against Being & Time, and I caved. Had read most of the important texts to that point. Heidegger broke me.

@Tommmcatt Says Pull My Finger: The fuck? I’m sending this post to my kid. Who is sitting in the same room with me. So what?

My wife has put up with me for 34 years, which defies all known systems of logic.

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