Is Haraway’s theory already obsolete?

Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science Technology, and Socialst-Feminism in the late Twentieth Century”  seemed to be sending a message to feminists that they were not on the right track.  She seems to argue that this long established “sisterhood” noting that “there is nothing about  being ‘female’ that naturally binds women…Gender, race or class consciousness is an achievement forced on us…”(p. 155).  Terribly radical in it’s time for sure.  But a little harder to read in a year when women lead the way for Hillary Clinton to say that the glass ceiling now has “18 million cracks in it” (Clinton farewell speech, June 7, 2008)

You can see what was radical in her ideas.  Take for example her discussion of the “homework economy” the idea that the white male domination of society was somehow headed toward extinction. “ White men in advanced industrial societs have become newly vulnerable to permanent job loss, and women are not disappearing from the job rolls at the same rate as men” (p. 164).   

Technology calls for a changing of traditional views of gender roles.  Take the Lahti reading.  Young white men are able, if only for the course of one video game, can become a Lara Croft, or anyone else for that matter. The lines blur.  Is Haraway still relevant?  I don’t think so.  


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