Critical Theory:
Haraway

Leaky Boundaries

Donna J. Haraway has done tremendous work in defining the term "cyborg".

A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fictionÍ Creatures simultaneous animal and machine, who populate worlds ambiguously natural and crafted.

A theme which dominates Haraway's discussion of cyborgs in her book, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women is that of "leaky borders". We draw lines which separate animal from machine, but Haraway argues that this is perhaps not a valid course of action.