“Morgan,” “The Girls,” and the Beautiful Cyborg

September 5, 2016

(The New Yorker) – To achieve today’s desirable veneer of innocence, the industry recommends a practice of constant, self-diagnostic work. This is not new, of course. “We are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism,” Donna Haraway wrote in “A Cyborg Manifesto,” her classic feminist essay, first published three decades ago. Haraway imagined technology as a pathway to a fluid, radical, and resistant identity for women. But what has mostly happened is the opposite.