Hooks- CMC 300
Post-modernism as needing to be inclusive
-It needs to be inclusive. Right now, its not inclusive despite the fact that all -
these theorists are talking about fractile and rhizome, but all of them are
- White people can perform blackness, but they can always go back to
performing whiteness. As a black person and you perform whiteness, youll
never be seen as more than a performer.
-Examples: Obama will always be a BLACK president, not just a president. A
woman CEO will always be a WOMAN and a CEO.
Post-modernism as a privileged perspective that is exclusionary Performance is potentially reactionary (specifically for)
Community and connection
Haraway – CMC 300
Heavily draws from Deleuze and Guattari
- Bhaba comes up with the idea of hybridity of identify. H&N says that’s
bullshit. “Integrated” means that you can blur boundaries. Multiples is more
appropriate. Harraway takes a little bit of both. You cant suggest that one is a
completely multitudes or completely hybrid, but rather we move fluidly
between identities, and thus cyborg. We have transcended the idea of the
hybrid/multitude. Parts of us drawn from the machine (ie “the Man”) and
parts drawn from more organic sources (like life experiences.) Drawing from
not just cultural or hegemonic sources. The human and the machine work
together. We should be more strategic about how and when we essentialize.
The problem with Haraway is that she does not allow for the machine/man
parts to conflict. She doesn’t do oppositional readings of texts, but rather
dominant of negotiated readings.
- For D&G it’s the movement towards rhizomatic gender, that gender is not
biological. Haraway is very interested in assemblege and the body
without organs. Haraways is saying that this theory is true, then lets look
at femininity as this kind of assemblage (which is a complicated term, so
she uses cyborg from pop culture.) Haraway’s cyborg is very very lonely.
Two cyborgs are not the same, so they are freaks to eachother as much as
cyborgs are freaks to normal people. And because of this instability, we
are easily controlled.
- This works well for marketing. Niche Marketing breaks down an identity
and makes it appealing to each part. Viral marketing works by giving
something to an opinion leader and then they send it to all of the people
that have a similar idenity to them, who continues to spread. Think fresh
prince of Bellaire. Market by making the identities contrast and battle
Geneology (She draws from D&G who draw from Marx): She critiques patriarchy, and capitalism, and the machine.
Cyborg and the Machine
-Disipates: Cyborg has no gender
-Displaces: You are trying to construct a gender.
-There are multiple versions of masculinity/femininity. Think of it as a “salad
bar,” where you can take different influences and versions and piece them
together to define one’s gender, even if those pieces are conflicting.
-Terminator 3 trailer: It’s interesting not because the have a female
terminator, but rather the shift from 2 to 3. In the first one, the main lady is
super feminized (dress, suburban, always in distress) and that’s her identity.
ndIn the 2 one she goes to a mental institution where she gets really buff (and
shes really defeminized by killing people, doesn’t crazy stuff, sweating, etc.)
rdIn the 3 one, the original woman is dead and they bring in a new character.
The heartless, mindless, machine is feminized in so many ways (bitchy, cady,
physical appearance, sheads a tear and shows emotion when she dies at the
end.) Reemotionalization of the female. Haraway believes that an assembled
identiy that it’s inherently progressive. But that might now be the case, this
can still be taken by the dominant. That things like charlie’s angels of kill bill
isn’t progresseive. D&G says that capitalism grows on instability, it requires
things like way, sexism, racism. When we feel insecure, is when capitalism
(think advertisements) works.
Gaze and Performance
Embodiment and Ontology
-Hard to have a coherent political identity (esp without political influence) when you’re poor and black vs when youre rich and teach the upper esselant.
How does Haraway differ from Butler? (good test question)
-Butler argues: you should make captitalism chase after you, always change
your performance/identity. Haraway argues that you cant be an infinite
number of things. You cant completely abandon your identity and become
something else unless youre a person of prividege. Performitivity is limited.