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Place Objects Gender and Class Slater Mill and Virtual Light Places where people live and work and the objects that people own define and express their gender and class This idea is evident in industrial America in the era of Slater Mill and post-industrial America particularly in the novel Virtual Light by William Gibson In the novel descriptions of the high-class parties and the rich lavish and spacious workplaces all pertain to men The men work in their high-rise towers away from the noise and environmental pollution of the city Chevette Washington is a female living in the ghetto part of the city of post-industrial San Francisco the Bay Bridge which connects the city of San Francisco to Oakland In one instance Chevette a bicycle messenger steals the famous black lenses at a party in a building where she is making a delivery She also mentions seeing men looking very handsome in their powerful looking suits yet the women at the party are just Tenderloin women call girls In high-class society the only women seen are call girls The place where women work expressed their gender during the industrial era and this is still the case in the post-industrial era of the United States in Virtual Light In Virtual Light men rule the corporate world Womens work places in post-industrial America are loud and busy as in the streets of a big city such as where Virtual Light takes place in San Francisco Chevette and the Tenderloin women work on these loud and busy streets The same can be said about Slater Mill Located by a river in Pawtucket Rhode Island Slater Mill was a cotton mill where the decibel level must have been dreadful for the women working there One of these machines running creates an extremely unpleasant noise when the mill was full of these machines the sound must have been unbearable These lower-class women suffered through these
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