Simians, Cyborgs and Women
Copyright © 2005-2007 Isabel Pedersen
Simians, Cyborgs, and Women is a classic text of the “Cyborg” genre. Through her famous essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” Haraway introduces the idea of the cyborg myth and the cyborg identity as a tactic for social change in the postmodern world. Drawing on the notion of machine/organism hybridity, Haraway conceptualizes a world where the fictions that bind women and visible minorities will be replaced by the myth of the cyborg. The cyborg is neither biological determined nor is it bound to myths of the Western world (i.e., religious, historical, social, mythological) which fetter the subject’s ability to enact change. The subject exists within the context of technology; technology is never simply a tool. In this sense, Haraway provides a unique method of characterizing identity in a networked, electronic environment.