on my frequent use of the word “hacker”

I use the terms “hacker” and “hacking” often, reclaiming and broadening the terms.

The term “hacker” has come to solely mean an individual that illegally breaks into computer networks. This was not the original meaning.

Originally, it meant a computer-savvy, creative individual. One who could make computers do cool things. One who can alter and mix technologies to suit their needs and desires.

This is the meaning I am leveraging. But I’m expanding it to include creative intervention in social dynamics, spirituality, fashion, etc. This requires technical savvy of a different sort.

The point is: I believe individuals can modify almost everything through cleverness. Engineering is a virtue.

I engineer my gender. I engineer my life. I am a hacker.

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