Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction: A Critical by Carlen Lavigne

By Carlen Lavigne

This research of cyberpunk technological know-how fiction written among 1981 and 2003 positions women's cyberpunk within the higher cultural dialogue of feminist concerns. It lines the origins of the style, experiences the serious reactions and descriptions the ways that women's cyberpunk advances issues of view which are particularly feminist. Novels are tested inside of their cultural contexts; their content material is in comparison to broader controversies inside modern feminism, and their issues are published as reflections of feminist discourse round the flip of the twenty first century. Chapters conceal themes resembling globalization, digital fact, cyborg tradition, environmentalism, faith, motherhood and queer rights. Interviews with feminist cyberpunk authors are supplied, revealing either their motivations for writing and their reviews with enthusiasts. The learn treats feminist cyberpunk as a distinct motor vehicle for analyzing modern women's concerns and analyzes feminist technological know-how fiction as a posh resource of political principles.

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While a case may be made for the same idea of community in other works of the time, such as Islands in the Net, I am not trying to make the argument that only women write about community or embodiment or a hopeful environmental future — rather, I am analyzing general trends. Women in the 1990s proved more likely, as a whole, to write about support networks and community issues in cyberpunk, and the beginnings of this trend are echoed in Cadigan’s earlier writing. Likewise her penchant for mentioning gay marriage, as in Mindplayers where a man casually discusses his ex-wife and his ex-husband in the same breath (192); while queer issues do not arise in any major fashion, a background acceptance of homosexuality is implied — one that would later flower into more in-depth exploration, particularly in the works of lesbian authors such as Melissa Scott.

Anne Balsamo analyses Cadigan’s Synners extensively, arguing that the novel illustrates an underlying, Haraway-esque gender binarism that forms the organizational framework of each character’s 34 2. Contributions and Critiques technological engagements — a framework in which “the female body is coded as a body-in-connection and the male body as a body-in-isolation” (Technologies 144). Balsamo analyses the male and female hacker characters in Synners in order to demonstrate the novel’s illustration of gender’s influence on technology use.

Embodiment marked her works as subtly different, with protagonists grounded more firmly toward the “embodiment” end of the spectrum than was regularly seen in other cyberpunk works. Anne Balsamo analyses Cadigan’s Synners extensively, arguing that the novel illustrates an underlying, Haraway-esque gender binarism that forms the organizational framework of each character’s 34 2. Contributions and Critiques technological engagements — a framework in which “the female body is coded as a body-in-connection and the male body as a body-in-isolation” (Technologies 144).

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