Week 2 Reading Response: The Cyborg Manifesto

I find it interesting that Haraway seems to be leaning towards a world where gender is not part of the construct of society; instead, she advocates for the ‘cyborg’, which in her definition is an amalgamation between human and machine to any sort of extent. Following her definition, today, many of us with access to machines and technology, especially the computer and to the internet, are cyborgs. Our consciousness and existence is tied with technology: we have embraced it such that to operate without them is almost inconceivable in developed countries. I find it a little contradictory that Haraway discusses gender as problematic in its duality, arguing that gender may not be the global identity, only to discuss a cyborg gender as a possible way to break these traditional boundaries. To ignore on some level a shared experience seems almost a denial of identity: while in this age of the internet nationalism and cultural divides are slowly disappearing in some regard, the human desire to belong to a group still comes to the foreground, unlike what Haraway envisions here. Sharing skills more than an experience seems less feasible for unification across the globe.


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