ROSIE CROSS: Why do you use the term Cyberfeminism?
Sadie Plant: I started using “cyberfeminism” quite independently of any other use I’d come across. I’d never seen the word used before. This is one of the reasons I was delighted when I came across the work Of VNS Matrix [multimedia artists who are involved with cyberfeminist aesthetics]. Cyberfeminism, to me, implies that an alliance is developing between women, machinery, and the new technology. A lot of women really love this type of technology and because of the “toys for boys” complex it was curious that they did. I thought women should be encouraged to go with their desire.
Initially, I used the word cyberfeminism to indicate an alliance, a connection. Then I started research on the history of feminism and the history of technology. It occurred to me that a long-standing relationship was evident between information technology and women’s liberation. You can almost map them onto each other in the whole history of modernity. Just as machines get more intelligent, so women get more liberated.
- Magazine Article
- Cybergettes: Sadie Plant's Cyborg Feminism
- 21•C magazine, Ashley Crawford, Darren Tofts (eds.), pp. 16–19, #3, 1995, English
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- Cybergettes: Sadie Plant on Cyborg Feminism, Rosie Cross. 21•C magazine #3, 1995. pp. 16–19 [pdf 9.61MB]