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Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and the Command of Women’s Voices

Who are virtual assistants for, and how do we relate to them?

Four operators connect calls while working at a switchboard in 1945. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I tend to avoid using digital assistants. Maybe it’s my technophobic tendencies, a hatred of having my music interrupted by other sounds from my phone, how weird I feel about digital assistants all being female, or my discomfort with having what feels like a servant…

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