Essay on A Cyborg Manifesto

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In Donna Haraway’s essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century” it is an effort to establish a political point of view on Feminism which an ironic political myth which is authentic to feminism, socialism, and materialism. Her motive is to build a structure that is faithful to feminism and socialism, “To build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism and materialism.”(p.149) Haraway develops her ironic myth by hypothesising with the idea of cyborg. What is cyborg? Haraway intellectualises cyborg as, “A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.”(p.149). Based on this we can say that …show more content…
229). Stelarc points out that there is no need for an aspiration to configure one’s body to perfection and claims that the information explosion has led to a false security. He further claims that “body must burst from its biological, cultural, and planetary containment” (Stelarc, pg. 229). Yet by looking at the body, it was fashioned and designed in a way to serve the mind and not the other way around. For Hayle the body is a reflection of subject’s mind and has no purpose other mind of the body. Furthermore, she “thinks of the body as the original prosthesis we all learn to manipulate, so that extending or replacing the body with other prostheses becomes a continuation of a process that began before we were born.”(Lesson 11) Similarly Stelarc confirms this by saying in his essay, “an obsession no longer with self but an analysis of structure” (Stelarc, pg.229) In other words, no longer is the soul or mind the greatest theme of concern. The body, in all of its glorious structure and form, is of utmost concern in modern era. Though both Stelarc and Hayles agree that the body surrounding with all of this enlightenment of information, the body is granted extreme satisfaction, lowering its physical and mental pressures.
Further studying into Stelarc’s essay, “From Psycho-Body to

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