im just gonna keep reblogging this because EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ AND REBLOG (NOT JUST LIKE) THIS RITE NOW. i havent read a post on tumblr that covered so many important points on transmisogyny in queer spaces so well in a long time. and seeing as how no one ever seems to really have…
“Who are these “crazy trans women?” Often they are incredibly sincere activists who haven’t had the privilege of being taught all of the ins and outs of anti-oppression social justice practice that is a prerequisite to membership in this queer community. ”
We teach girls shame. ‘Close your legs!’ ‘Cover yourself!’ We make them feel as though by being born female, they are already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up—and this is the worst thing we do to girls—they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form."
Somewhat confused if you’re trying to make a point to something I said or if you’re just trying to point something out.
I STILL knee-jerk disagree that the Terminator (T-800) is an ambiguous creation. To me, it’s all robot. Just because it has “human” or organic skin covering its metal body does not take away from the fact it’s a construct with a set of programming directives. (Rather, let’s just call it that rather than suggesting it is unclear as “either” an android “or” a robot. Tired of dichotomies like this.)
OF COURSE then the question that’s posited next is: Aren’t we all constructs in one thousand ways or another, all with our own programmed (read: socialized) directives and impulses?
And if we’re going to talk about CYBORGS then, lemme drop this anecdote first. Maybe ten years ago I used to only be concerned with fictional cyborgs in (primarily) anime and other popular nerd media. I had a site called I Love Artificial Humans, based off the literal translation of 人造人間 jinzouningen, man-made man or artificially constructed man (which is how the creations of Dr. Gero are called in Dragonball). I tried to list all the jinzouningen I knew of, what their name was, their series, why I liked them or how I knew them, and what classification of cyborg, android, or robot they might be… But it got too messy too fast. I thought, well some of these are clones, or biodroids, or this amalgamation of things that there isn’t even a word for, and like I’m trying to classify them all into some easily navigable categories. It proved a fool’s errand and I just let things stand where they were. Then a friend passed me the Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway, which I tried to read and was instantly irritated by. She said “we’re all already cyborgs” and I was like fuck is she talking about????
But NOW I’m like, yeah, we ARE all cyborgs. Everything about us is made up of feedback loops of centuries of history and culture, oppression, colonialization, white supremacy, all of which have been made and sustained with media technology and traditionally respected hard science-backed electronic/digital/medical/information technologies. We are the products of all this. We are products that desire other possibilities. We exist in a sick matrix of capitalism, and so does everything we interact with. So yeah, of course humans aren’t the only creatures that get to be cyborgs. The technology of insulin pumps in dogs makes them cyborgs just as much as the fact that we bred them for their agreeable/desired traits to be companions to us. The categories of “natural” and “artificial” are just poetic references to what we seek to observe.
I don’t even want to call “an android controlled by software based on human brain scans” post-human. Maybe it’ll tell us what it feels like it is, after it has to deal with a lifetime of other people insisting on what it is and isn’t, can and can’t, should and shouldn’t do or feel.
Striving for concrete categories and classifications in this day and age is perhaps the single most important thing we should work to disassemble and move beyond. No more categories. No more classifications. Too many people are beyond and between and all and none of those things at once. I’m still going to use “cyborg” to refer to this hybrid fluid mixed borderlands-dwelling state of existence, but it’s only a reference point. Language is a reference point. A symbol tool for quick communication. We use language to describe what we perceive and feel, not what is or isn’t.
IMHO anyway. I could go on but I gotta get going on my errands list.
It’s gonna be so ugly once the first “non-human” lifeforms start insisting on personhood. We’ve experienced it so many times over already.