Cyborg Manifesto

Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto is a feminist representation that to me is radical a various sections within the text.  Personally, I believe that there were some unnecessary or even to some extreme annotations within her discussions. Clearly Haraway utilizes her ideologies to contend areas within social structure, sexuality, technology, and Christian theology.

Within her discussions Haraway does present ideologies that are at this point somewhat redundant. Haraway address how our cultures and world are/have been changed due to the advances in the fields of science and technology. The concept of cyborg that is presented has no boundaries and blurs the lines between humans and machines. We have seen this concept in our previous readings as well. We are fused together with our technology and rely on its assistance to function in our society. I do not think of Haraway’s cyborg as a movement of “dangerous possibilities” (154), but rather it is creating a whole new area of opportunities.

Haraway also addresses the concept of non identity with relation to cyborg technologies. For Haraway, there is no race, gender, religion, etc. to be placed on. Is this so true now? I don’t know if I agree. The creation and use of avatars is an area where people can become anything or anyone that they want by choosing specific features, clothes, etc. We still aren’t truly unison as Haraway would suggest. According to Donna Haraway, the cyborg is a means to eliminate social and cultural classifications.

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4 Responses to “Cyborg Manifesto”

  1. Yeah, I totally agree that some of Haraway is extraneous. She’s a strange choice when discussing cyborgs, but maybe the obviousness of chosing her sort of shows the way postmodernism has killed free thought. — Peter

  2. I think what u have mentioned in the last pars is quite debatable as Harway says..Haraway uses the metaphor of cyborg identity to expose ways that things considered natural, like human bodies, are not, but are constructed by our ideas about them. This has particular relevance to feminism, since women are often discussed or treated in ways that reduce them to bodies. Balsamo and Haraway’s ideas are also an important component of critiques of essentialist feminism and essentialism, as they subvert the idea of naturalness and of artificiality; the cyborg is a hybrid bee

  3. Yeah, I see what you mean that we can’t assume simply because cybernetic systems are out there that automatically class, race and gender-based distinctions get erased. But the way that I interpret Haraway is she’s presenting that in thinking about the cyborg and its existence in time and space we can utilize the idea of a being outside of our known labels and that can be a tool to help us erase the boundaries and lines of difference (for better or worse). Interesting, too, that you picked up on this as a challenge to religion– now I want to go back and examine that idea more.

  4. I agree with you that the cyborg looks beyond social and cultural classifications, but I don’t think she wants to literally eliminate them, simply challenge them and allow us to see ourselves beyond the place in which society places us. She presents the cyborg in an attempt to offer us the option of complete control of our lives and our identities.

    I, too, did not really catch the religious criticisms and want to look into that more. Perhaps something we can discuss further in class?

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