Domestic technologies : Cinderella and the engineers
Domestic technologies are seldom accorded their true significance either by engineers or sociologists, partly due to an undervaluing of the feminine and the private sphere. Drawing on recent feminist research the article examines the failure of designers and manufacturers to understand and respond to user needs. It shows how in neither Eastern nor Western Europe has domestic equipment been designed thoughtfully within appropriate technological systems, as a sensitive interface between household, community and environment. The sociology of technology too is shown to have neglected the technologies of everyday life, which should be the starting point of a technology policy.