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Karen Orr Vered <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:54:16 +1030
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Hi again.

This seems like a very specific question you're chasing but  maybe Anne
Balsamo's Technologies of the Gendered Body might have something to say on

From personal experience, when I worked in TV news, there was a belief that
women could not carry the weight of the gear and therefor they were better
suited to editing the news rather than gathering it.  At the time, mid
1980s, the betacam was just coming in so the majority of gear was still
about 80 pounds distributed unevenly on the body.  The betacam was better
balanced but still heavy, although not too heavy for the few women I knew
who were in the industry.  At the time only 5% of television news
photographers were female (nationally).

The guys would do everything they could to keep women out of the field.

>Does anyone know of studies that address the gendering of film
>technology, such as cameras?  I'm familiar with work like this in
>popular music (particularly on the electric guitar), but other than
>Mulvey's discussion of the camera's male gaze, I don't know of anyone
>who has specifically addressed filmmaking equipment as masculine and
>how this might contribute to females' reluctance to get involved in
>film production.
>Any references on this topic would be much appreciated.
>Mary Celeste Kearney
>Assistant Professor
>Department of Radio-Television-Film
>The University of Texas at Austin
>Office: 512-475-8648
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>Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
>University of Alabama:

Karen Orr Vered, PhD
Lecturer & Director of Studies

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