Gender Neutral Utopia
Halberstam tell us that “[g]ender, we might argue, like computer intelligence, is a learned, imitative behavior that can be processed so well that it comes to look natural. Indeed, the work of culture in the former and of science in the latter is perhaps to transform the artificial into a function so smooth that it seems organic.”
Once the artificial seems organic, how can we distinguish between the two? For example, take Zou Ren Ti (left) and his twin (right)…
…his robotic twin. This cyborg was made in the exact image of its creator, and the two are nearly indistinguishable. But is the cyborg male? Does it have the same gender as its creator, or just the same image? What would happen if the cyborg were assigned to clean and cook and care for children; would it be female? Robots are inherently gender neutral until we make them into something else- cyborgs. My utopian interaction between gender and technology would be the equal use of technology for the same purposes regardless of gender. Technology that is solely gender neutral, not manipulated into one or the other by training and programming.