[hackerspaces] An interesting point of view : "On Feminism and Microcontrollers"

ddavis at codetemptress.net ddavis at codetemptress.net
Mon Oct 4 18:55:15 CEST 2010

"I would agree with this statement and I wonder if we made a mistake in
naming our movement. The term 'hacker' is confusing for most people outside
of tech communities, there's been countless times that I've had to explain
that we don't 'hack tehz gibs0n'.

Moreover, it shouldn't be surprising that in naming our workshops as
hackerspace's that we end up attracting a bunch of males that want to build
crazy robots, electronics and software, their minds have already been
primed by the word 'hacker' and come ready to engage on that level."

Isn't that why we explain what our space is about?  I mean what about
hackerspaces that have a particular group that wants to "Hack".  I mean its
not our fault that the more melicious groups out there have adopted the
name hacker.  Here is the Description for Reverse Space "Reverse Space is a
5,500 sq. ft. warehouse in Herndon, VA containing equipment for reverse
engineering, building, and computing in a group environment. Equipment &
services include: 3D printer, laser cutter, saws/drill presses, soldering,
sandboxed cyber war center, co-working, and conference rooms. "

In the above it explains in detail what the space is about.  I don't think
its the naming schema ( maybe I am old) but I like the word hackerspace. 
If I heard makerspace I would think it was only about making stuff like
Make Magazine.   Maybe we need to have two groups within a hackerspace..
one called a makergroup and the other a hackerspace group? I dunno.  

I find hackerspaces the group of version of 2600 groups where instead of
meeting at a mall/eatery/bookstore.  We have a place to bring
hardware/software to play.  

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