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The ur-text of cyberfeminism written by theorist, Donna Haraway. Intended on being an "ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism and materialism", the manifesto is generally applauded for celebrating the cyborg's built-in androgyny as a victory for feminism. Rather than a conventional reading of cyborgs (i.e. "cybernetic organism"), Haraway widens the definition by claiming that;

From this broad definition, Haraway claims that cyborgs are an escape from repressive system of dualisms because they are a transitional space themselves, between human and machine, nature and culture, and male and female. This is where the feminist bit fits in - cyborgs offer an escape from the dominant hegemony as they resist binary oppositions. From here, the manifesto goes all pear-shaped, and Haraway spouts a sort of random poststructuralist poetry. For example:
In a sense, the cyborg has no origin story in the Western sense - a 'final' irony since the cyborg is also the awful apocalyptic telos of the 'West's' escalating dominations of abstract individuation, an ultimate self untied at last from all dependency, a man in space...represented by the phallic mother from whom all humans must separate...the twin potent myths inscribed most powerfully for us in psychoanalysis and Marxism
Having had the pleasure of seeing Haraway lecture, she actually does speak this way. For this reason, the manifesto tends to polarise Cultural Studies academics as either being brilliant or an elaborate joke. The fact that Donna Haraway has forged a successful career in cyberfeminism suggests that academics either believe the former, or are laughing on the inside.

all quotes from Donna Haraway, "A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181. posted online at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/Haraway/CyborgManifesto.html

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