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Donna Haraway Quotes

  • Late twentieth-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and artificial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines. Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • Cyborg writing must not be about the Fall, the imagination of a once-upon-a-time wholeness before language, before writing, before Man. Cyborg writing is about the power to survive, not on the basis of original innocence, but on the basis of seizing the tools to mark the world that marked them as other. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • Consciousness of exclusion through naming is acute. Identities seem contradictory, partial, and strategic. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • Cyborgs are not reverent; they do not re-member the cosmos. They are wary of holism, but needy for connection- they seem to have a natural feel for united front politics, but without the vanguard party. The main trouble with cyborgs, of course, is that they are the illegitimate offspring of militarism and patriarchal capitalism, not to mention state socialism. But illegitimate offspring are often exceedingly unfaithful to their origins. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • I am making an argument for the cyborg as a fiction mapping our social and bodily reality and as an imaginative resource suggesting some very fruitful couplings. Michael Foucault’s biopolitics is a flaccid premonition of cyborg politics, a very open field. —  Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • The cyborg is a creature in a post-gender world; it has no truck with bisexuality, pre-oedipal symbiosis, unalienated labour, or other seductions to organic wholeness through a final appropriation of all the powers of the parts into a higher unity. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
  • The cyborg is a kind of disassembled and reassembled, postmodern collective and personal self. This is the self feminists must code. — Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
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