Sunday, 3 January 2010
Sensay Cybernetics sells cyberborg identity, and like most cyborg identity I have seen in Second Life they are very sexy highly gendered. The cyborg in Second Life extends gender from what is possible in what I call hypergenderization.
This feature is not just unique to Second Life but is seen in many imaginative depictions of a cybernetic being. For example the Borg Queen is extremely gendered in Star Trek mythology.
The Borg Queen has no need to be female, the Borg are kind of like my wire closet come to life, logically it has no need to have gender at all, and yet it does. In fact the hottest Star Trek female of all times is not a over sexed Trill or a Empathic former topless dancer but a Borg, 7 of 9.
In all these images technology enhances the gender outlines of the female, which is really kind of strange. Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto imagines the possibility of breaking down the binary of gender with the aid of technology.
This is not what we see in Second Life, where actually people seem to be exploring, extedning, and depending on traditional gender identity more than is possible in the realm of biology.
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life