Petty Grievance from MLA 2008 – My Anatomy isn’t Male
Having to ask the Cyber-Anatomy vendor if a female model was or would be available, because it wasn’t used in the demonstration and I wasn’t told about a female model as part of the sales pitch.
Look, I realize that standing at a table and saying the same things to strangers all day who may not eventually buy what you’re selling is tiring. I also think Cyber-Anatomy is a pretty cool product (it’s an interactive 3D tool for learning anatomy, complete with special glasses). I was just annoyed by the male-as-default presentation and the repetition of this default in the print materials. With this kind of technology, I’d like to be able to see side-by-side comparisons where anatomy varies, such as male vs. female pelvic structure, effects of age, and the like. I’d also like for the presenter to look around the room, see how many women are packing it, and decide that he might not select the male model alone for demonstration, perhaps mentioning the presence of a female model.