In line with feminist studies scholars who have approached hypersexualization not from the usual perspective of pure abjection or denigration, I believe a different conversation can emerge when we think about how hypersexed feminine subjects effect alternative forms of knowledge in the digital era.

From this dialogue, I hope to direct attention to the gender politics of hacking and the sexualization of women of color within information economies and political economies of desire.

Breaking the Hacker Sex Code Before discussing the sex hacker, it is necessary first to understand what is meant by hacking and how it plays on gender and sexual meanings.

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Similar to Donna Haraway’s feminist reconception of the cyborg figure, the sex hacker is figure of the imagination, one evoking new political possibilities that disrupt and push against the technological over-determination of the planet and its inhabitants.

She signals the postmodern transgression of the “coded texts through which we engage in the play of writing and reading the world” (Haraway 1991, 152).

The term can be confusing, since it generally refers to excellence in programming systems, those who playfully circumvent or tamper with programming systems as a matter of intellectual exploration to show off their skills.

The public understanding of hacker can better specified with the word “cracker” or those who break into computer security systems.

In popular parlance, hacking mostly refers to computer coding processes, but the term can elicit broader cultural readings of society.

Insofar as “code” denotes both accepted social rules of engagement computer writing, a decryption of code demands a form of hacking that is not just technical.With racial subtext, good crackers are “white hat hackers” fixing security holes, distinguishable from the bad “black” ones (typically from Orientalized countries in Eastern Europe and Asia) sending malicious software to pierce the firewalls that protect the sensitive electronic information.Offering an alternative form of expression, hacking as the art of (re)writing computer code is a major capital-driven industry that attracts tech-savvy geniuses who either cause damage to information systems or contribute to scientific breakthroughs through their esoteric skills-based work.Computing language can be violent as well as erotic with suggestive terminology like “packet,” “sniffer,” “cookie,” and “master.” Hacking evokes pornographic connotations of someone (sitting in a dark room) attempting to penetrate dark private spaces, taking advantage of “gaps” and “holes” in systems, “probing” and “gaining access” to databanks through the “backdoor,” “worming” and “fingering” toward a target, infecting it with deadly “Trojans” or messing around for “good times” (a hoax virus).Masculine authority is insinuated through a figurative language alluding to rape or sexual harassment with unsuspecting “victims” and “abuses of privilege.” Male hackers rely on certain “sex codes” to demarcate their specialized subculture, one overrun with antisocial teenage boys who see the world as their frontier for sexual conquest.Without denying the class privilege accorded to those able to access the computer, I believe the metaphoricity of the Chinese woman and other East Asian women as “sex hackers” engenders a kind of feminist “split, partial knowledge” without rigid binaries (Haraway 1991) .