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Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Womenby Anne Balsamo
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This book takes the process of andquot;reading the bodyandquot; into the fields at the forefront of cultureandmdash;the vast spaces mapped by science and technologyandmdash;to show that the body in high-tech is as gendered as ever. From female body building to virtual reality, from cosmetic surgery to cyberpunk, from reproductive medicine to public health policies to TV science programs, Anne Balsamo articulates the key issues concerning the status of the body for feminist cultural studies in a postmodern world.
Technologies of the Gendered Body combines close readings of popular textsandmdash;such as Margaret Atwoodandrsquo;s novel The Handmaidandrsquo;s Tale, the movie Pumping Iron II: The Women, cyberpunk magazines, and mass mediaandmdash;with analyses of medical literature, public policy documents, and specific technological practices. Balsamo describes the ways in which certain biotechnologies are ideologically shaped by gender considerations and other beliefs about race, physical abilities, and economic and legal status. She presents a view of the conceptual system that structures individualsandrsquo; access to and participation in these technologies, as well as an overview of individualsandrsquo; rights and responsibilities in this sometimes baffling area. Examining the ways in which the body is gendered in its interactions with new technologies of corporeality, Technologies of the Gendered Body counters the claim that in our scientific culture the material body has become obsolete. With ample evidence that the techno-body is always gendered and marked by race, this book sets the stage for a renewed feminist engagement with contemporary technological narratives.
This book takes the process of 'reading the body' in the fields at the forefront of culture-- the vast spaces mapped by science and technology-- to show that the body in high tech is as gendered as ever.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -211) and index.
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"Technologies of the Gendered Body combines a lucid use of theory and an intelligent and entertaining discussion of key cultural practices, it is also a model of generous and engaged feminist theorizing."—Elspeth Probyn, University of Montreal
"Balsamo takes us further into cyborg territory than any intelligent book has done. Her surveys provide a surefooted guide to the survival both of womens’ health and feminist politics in many of those new and unfamiliar areas of hi-tech experience that have already, almost unconsciously, become part of our daily lives."—Andrew Ross, New York University
"Balsamo’s very thorough exploration of technology’s impact on and redefinition of the gendered body is at the vanguard of an area of study that is just now coming into its own. Her analyses are clear and masterful."—Cathy Schwichtenberg, University of Georgia
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