I want to argue that our aspirations need to be in excess of machine perception, laws and protocols, diversity quotas and awards, not limited to nor aligned with them. Feminist material practices and vocabularies of refusal show us how.
“To speak is to leak,” says Sara Ahmed, and the leak is shameful, be it blood, urine, sweat, or data. Coding Rights, a Brazilian feminist collective, urges us to leak confidently, sexily, with complete knowledge of the affordances of the machine that fosters shame. “Learn how to send sexy nudes!,” they say in their guide to secure communications on the internet