All Materials Relating to Thesis Abstract

attempt i: The purpose of this thesis is to expose the stereotype that women are less, or even, ill-equipped to experience nature, alone. This project will seek to answer the question of what would ease the fear surrounding lone, female adventurers. i will explore what it would mean to send surveillance with the adventurer, particularly choosing to focus on drone technologies. Through speculative fiction, i will navigate the possible results of this experiment. 


attempt ii: Women are discouraged from exploring nature alone. I have found this to be true from personal experience, dialogue with fellow female athletes, and through popular media. This is caused by several factors: the current cultural climate, statistics involving rape and murder, lack of education, and societal stereotypes, among others. There are many ways to address these fears, however, I will be focusing specifically on how surveillance would aid, hinder, or do nothing to protect female explorers. 

I aim to develop a speculative fiction illustrating the outcomes of how this type of surveillance affects a female traveler. From this, I hope to reveal how this device would change the way society views the act of traveling by one's self, if at all. 


here’s the issue

here’s why she knows about it

here are some theories, fear other things knowledge education cultural norms pressures, news today, raped and murdered here are some reasons why women might be discouraged from adventuring alone

how you will evaluate these factors that may contribute/ cause/ co-occur from independent exploration, there are many ways to approach this, but for this exercise i am going to look at it through this specific way

to approach this question of what are the factors, i am going to approach it by a. b. and c. the technology itself adds another factor, 

how i’m going to answer the question, the limitations of the design

this is the way i’m going to look at it and explore it, these are the possible conclusions

illustration of this idea, 

looking at the technology and how it would be a factor

variable in the situation, how the technology is factored in, 

one it’s a variable and one it kind of isn’t a variable, eye of god, 

modifies behavior vs. not modifying behavior 


Notes of Thesis Thoughts™: Round 1, Buy Me a Drone

To what degree is this a performance? 

Who am I casting? Is it me? 

Fairy tales, little red riding hood 

What are the technologies that she had available 

Is there a counter-narrative to the red riding hood story


Product story and the user story

Is it the person that gives you the drone that’s the user

Who actually is the user, who are they?


Expressed both in the text and in my performance


How does the satirical user deal with this 


Use cases for the drone

And the accessory kits for the drone, up-sells if they don’t like the color, if they want to put sequins on it

How do the accessories positively or negatively affect the drone

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up, on star, life alert , who is my cell provider 


Deeply personal form of surveillance

What kinds of things would a person do when they’re watching vs. when they’re surveilled 


Is it a one way communication or can your loved one 


Where is there a need for more than one drone, why would we need a fleet

What size drone? What about military drones


Small ass drone from boing boing


What does it feel like to be watched over by a drone that you can’t see, or a giant huge military one 

Own a drone vs. the national parks have a fleet of drones that they can rent out to people, fractional ownership


Can’t afford a drone? Rent a drone

Economics of the equipment

Do you have a tracker for a big drone?
what has already actually been done in real life

Plausibility of surveillance


Nicholas nova 


Drone point of view

Is the art engaging the speculative fiction

Given that it’s hard to animate humans in C4d what do I do?
use the broken animations used by other animators

Create a more abstract human female 


How do I not offend people 


Navigating fear* as a woman and as an adventurer


*your own fear/ fear placed upon you by loved ones/ SOCIETY



(1) public beneficence, (2) responsible stewardship, (3) intellectual freedom and responsibility, (4) democratic deliberation, and (5) justice and fairness. 


Living with a drone: how this flying robot allowed me to go on as many adventures as I wished.


Public beneficence: 

Would allow women and their loved ones to feel comfortable adventuring beyond the confines of their home, alone. Without no man.

-what are we afraid of.

-what are our loved ones afraid of.

-what is inhibiting us from moving freely in society.



Live feed from an absurd amount of go-pros strapped to my body?


The principle of responsible stewardship reflects a shared obligation among members of the domestic and global communities to act in ways that demonstrate concern for those who are not in a position to represent themselves (e.g., children and future generations) and for the environment in which future generations will flourish or suffer. Responsible stewardship recognizes the importance of citizens and their representatives thinking and acting collectively for the betterment of all. Importantly, it calls for prudent vigilance, establishing processes for assessing likely benefits along with assessing safety and security risks both before and after projects are undertaken. A responsible process will continue to assess safety and security as technologies develop and diffuse into public and private sectors. It will also include mechanisms for 


Likely won’t come to any real conclusion or fix for this



What are the moral objections to the solution(s) I have come up with


What is my problem:

Women// I am not allowed to travel by myself because it has been deemed “too dangerous”


What is this based on?

How do I address the concerns?

Why is this something that people feel?


Those artists that made the speculative space helmets.

Design I/O? Or…? Dunne and Baby?



A video highlighting the pitfalls of each idea—— do you want the drone to follow you to your wilderness bathroom?

What about when your sleeping?




The old way: stay where there is cell service. Don’t go on adventures. Make phone calls from pay phones. Take a boyfriend. Take a male friend. Go with your dad. MAYBE go in a group of women. 


The new way: NOW YOU CAN TRAVEL WITHOUT WORRYING YOUR LOVED ONES! Get your 4 pack of travel drones today! 

Get your bodysuit of go pros TODAY!


In general, women report much higher levels of fear of violent crime than men do, even though men are much more likely to actually be crime victims—a phenomenon sociologists call the fear-gender paradox. “It’s very natural for women to feel afraid because that has been ingrained in our minds from a very young age,” says Jennifer K. Wesely, Ph.D., professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Florida. In reality, women are much more likely to be assaulted or raped by someone they know than by a strange man lurking behind a boulder, but people tend to fixate on the latter. “The fear is what’s holding women back, not the reality. Women are not in more danger in wild spaces,” Wesely says.




5 Thesis Statements// What is this writing thing, again?

Pastoral Mode:


Retreat and Return, traditionally nostalgic

Some sort of transformation occurs from the return


Little red riding hood pastoral 

Old form and it’s pushing the boundaries in the technology


What knowledge are we bringing back with us from the journey




Amazingly, I deleted the other 3. 

  1. The pastoral has engaged with notions of retreat from and return to society. In fairytales and pastoral narratives, the wilderness has been a “dangerous” and unwelcoming realm for females. This is due to society and culture’s surveilling and policing of women. However, in my project, the retreat or journey into the wilderness returns to the lone female traveller (with the aid of a surveilling drone) a sense of freedom and transformation as a result of communion with nature.  (Surveillance of nature, surveillance of property in nature) ingestible Alison Birtch 


  1. Traditionally, women have been apprehensive about venturing on their own into the wilderness; though these feelings may or may not have spawned directly from their own fears but rather from outside impetus, i/e one’s loved ones, or even society in general. Is there a device available to ease these trepidations?  (Is there a 



Fluid free thing that cannot be imprisoned. Nature our nature we are natural human beings

What knowledge is gained from the retreat: Freedom? Only meant for men?




retreat and return 


Technology never wholly good nor bad 

Women need to be policed 

The world is 

Renewed sense of gender