Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway’s, “Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century”, was definitely very feminist. After understanding her definition of cyborg, “A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” (Haraway 149). To me, this definition was strong because it made me think about technology and society today, and how we really are a mesh of machine and organism and reality and fiction. Today, with how advanced technology is, a mesh of human and machine seems knowingly normal and true. Although, twenty years ago the situation was different. When Haraway wrote this, I think that she was thinking not only differently but trying to go a different direction.

 I believe that for a woman to have written this piece over twenty years ago is really impacting for woman and definitely radical for its time. Although reading it today does not seem that way. Reading Haraway’s opinions I didn’t see it entirely as political, I viewed it as a mesh of what was going on during that time in every situation in society. I think she as a woman was trying to address as much as she could with a feminist twist to it. I believe that many of what Haraway addresses such as, politics, medicine, war, gender, animal rights, science, technology, race, religion, and most importantly survival as a woman and a human identity. I think we can still learn from Haraway’s piece today, exploring the depth and versatility of living in society and what we are succumbed to everyday, facing new challenges.  We are all the same being as Haraway describes. “Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum… People are nowhere near so fluid, being both material and opaque.”(p.153)


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