DICHOTOMIES

Added by Justin Clavadetscher, Brown University

Disgusted with the factional squabbling endemic to the Left, Haraway sees the cyborg as a metaphor for both a new kind of inclusive politics and an exit from the impenetrable, fractured thicket of "identity politics." In "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," she writes: "Late 20th-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and artificial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines."

In other words, c yborgs transcend yin-yang-style dichotomies. We don't have to be for or against technology, or permanently constrained by the strictures of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. We can merge categories, play with them, associate with others on the basis of what Haraway calls "affinity" rather than "identity."


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