Unsung Hero: Donna Haraway!

Donna Haraway is a postmodern feminist theorist who writes about the intersection of gender, technology, and post humanism. She challenges the rigid dualisms that persist in Western society (ex. self/other, mind/body, society/nature, male/female, human/machine). She critiques the boundary between objectivity and subjectivity, and science’s claim to objectivity, and argues that production of knowledge is always situated in place and history. She proposes the figure of the cyborg in The Cyborg Manifesto. She argues that the cyborg is able to disrupt dualisms and the violence that comes along with them. The cyborg reveals the failure of universal theories and identities, and thus provides a criticism of feminism oriented around identity politics. She critiques the idea that identities like “female” naturally bind women, because those categories are constructed in social practices. You can use this in debate to critique identity-based arguments that claim some essential notion of what it means to be a certain identity, universal ethics that makes a claim to a priori or objective truths, and any argument based in dualisms.

Suggested readings (essays):

“Cyborg Manifesto”“Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective”

Access them here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NLTLjutEv9mvbloMwOCnEg_pJtWLRBS3?usp=sharing

Thanks again to Katherine Fennell for this amazing suggestion!

Jayanne Forrest