Second Degree Tampering is the criminal offence under USA law which renders illegal the introduction of a virus into a computer system. Such viruses become active weeks, months, even years later - when the programmer is absent - often with unpredictable effect. Second Degree Tampering explores the (dis)connections between writing and women's experience. Key western narratives of women's identity are questioned, as are the literary methods used to construct those narratives. It also explores the possibilities of reworking and re-inventing ourselves. This is subversive writing that sets out to destabilise and transform, requiring readers to imagine other worlds.