As personal computers, samplers, and cyberpunk narratives proliferated in the mid-1980s, Donna Haraway’s cyborgs were writing manifestos of their own. “By the late twentieth century,” they declared, “our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are all cyborgs.” And while the shiny screens of the late twentieth century continued to present themselves as clean-living products of the straight white lines of a peculiarly man-made world, Haraway’s text excited a wave of subversive female enthusiasm for the new networks and machines. In the early 1990s, a cyberfeminist manifesto appeared on an Australian billboard and declared, ” The clitoris is a direct line to the matrix,” a line which refers to both the womb—matrix is the Latin term, just as hystera is the Greek—and the abstract networks of communication which were increasingly assembling themselves.
- cyborg manifestos
- Zeros and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture, pp. 58–59, 1997, English
- Fourth Estate Limited, London, UK
- Zeros and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture. Sadie Plant. cyborg manifestos, pp. 58–59 [pdf 2.16MB]