HARAWAY: A Manifesto for Cyborgs

Haraway definitely takes an interesting view on the ever changing element of technology.  Her outlook on robots/cyborgs and their impact on society itself seemed more distant from the other theorists we have read. What makes her writing so different is her connection drawn between the sexes/technology/and the workplace. Haraway explains her vision of a cyborg as “a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” (2269) This immediately put images in my head that I knew all too well.


Who hasn’t seen the Terminator movies? Of course we all know that soon enough the robots will be given Artificial Intelligent and soon realize they have the ability to destroy mankind. At first I thought she was heading into the direction of these robots direct influences over man in general and how that will continue to grow stronger in the future. However she takes an interesting turn when she says ““There is nothing about being ‘female’ that naturally binds women. There is not even such a state as ‘being’ female, itself a highly complex category constructed in contested sexual scientific discourses and other social practices. Gender, race, or class consciousness is an achievement forced on us by the terrible historical experience…”(2275).

  surgical.gifNow what about the robots that give humans longer lives and are used in a hospital setting? As the years go by these robots continue to grow smarter and their serviced to mankind grow as well. The picture above is the medical robot from Star Wars who ever so kindle mends the wounds of Luke Skywalker. As the technology era continues to progress perhaps the cyborgs will be able to save many more lives and hopefully not put all the doctors out of a job which it seems Haraway is concerned about. The list of domination seemed a bit confusing but the Star Wars program is one that I have always been interested in and can totally see the connection. Most theorists, conspiracy ones that is,  even believe that the Star Wars program was developed to make a defense against threats of a hostile alien force.  The fact that the government keeps the citizens in the dark on most other programs is easily a tool of domination.  Area 51 shows domination in the simple sense that for years the government said that it does not exist. Although it may be a stretch I see these things connected very well.  Biology seemed to be a confusing term to have on the list yet once I thought it over I could see why it was there. As I thought back to Biology class I remember doing a lot of memorization and classification. Species, plants, cells, etc…they are all classified and put into different groups. Humans themselves are put into groups.  The power to do this is a good example of a dominating force. As for the rest I really needed to hear what the class had to say for alot of the rest was a little over my head.