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Sweeet Metaphor March 3, 2009

Posted by jr4024 in cyborgs, gender, technology.
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            Science fiction is not a genre that I have ever really shown any interest in, but the readings that we have in Gendered Cyborg gives science fiction an interesting twist on my part because of the connected relationship with gender. In this week’s reading especially, the concept of technoscience/gender interrelationships truly altered my views on science fiction as a genre in television or any other type of medium. I have always been turned off by the fallacy of series and films such as Star Wars, Lord of The Rings, and the Matrix. Although I am a lover of certain cartoons, there is just something about the whole monster/human that I never thought/cared much about.

            When I think about the cyborg as a metaphor to transcend boundaries, in the perspective of social justice issues, it forces me to have much more respect for the cyborg itself then I normally would. Donna Haraway mentions that “science fiction interpenetrates boundaries…with an exploration of possible worlds…” I found this to be stimulating in the sense that a cyborg isn’t simply this fictional creature that provides entertainment, but a creation that allows possibility for change in how we categorize and structure society. The genre of science fiction questions ideals in society and seems to almost be a representative of a kind of world with no differences in race, gender, and sexuality. This notion of binaries and pushing binaries challenges the way in which society is structured and breaks down what was thought to be permanently and scientifically established.

The model of the cyborg, in terms of questioning gender, brings up an interesting subject of the maternal-feminine that was talked about in the reading. Questions that came to mind were as follows. Is it acceptable to produce an offspring without the recognition of a pregnancy? On the other hand, could it be an idea that aids women break away from females as reproducing machines? Or even, is taking away maternal significance at all productive?


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