Monday, 30 June 2008

Sexing the Avatar

Haraway in her Manifest on Cyborg identity writes:

"Cyborg imagery can suggest a way out of the maze of dualisms in which we have explained our bodies and our tools to ourselves. This is a dream not of a common language, but of a powerful infidel heteroglossia. It is an imagination of a feminist speaking in tongues to strike fear into the circuits of the supersavers of the new right. It means both building and destroying machines, identities, categories, relationships, space stories. Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess."

Haraway sees the cyborg as a way to escape the gender roles of our current power structure, but even among transhumanist and post-humanists in Extropia Core Cyborg AVs are almost always gendered. If anything they are hyper-gendered. Baudrillard said the false simulation tries to construct a real outside of itself and around it which is also just a simulation. Second Life seems to be trying to save the concept of gender.

But I rant.

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