Cyborg Beauty

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Published by:
Natasha Villarraga
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
120 pages Perfect-bound

In 1985, Donna Haraway wrote 'A Cyborg Manifesto,' defining the cyborg as a creature in a utopian world without gender, capitalism, or patriarchy (a time still yet to come.) In 2014 we don't yet have cyborgs-- only cyborg beauties. Where cyborgs exist post-gender and post-capitalism, cyborg beauties exist in late capitalism with a self-expression so feminine it is deemed grotesque. They are composites, possessing beauty both natural and constructed. Most have had plastic surgery, and some just look plastic. They are cyborgs because their beauty is aided by technology, and their feminist tactics involve the reclaiming of the same beauty ideals fed to them since birth. Are they supposed to be blonde, bosomy, and tan? Alright, then. Now they have their own manifesto, built upon Haraway’s but expressing a particular concern with beauty, and addressing what it means to have taken the necessary steps towards attaining idealized beauty and, instead of being worshipped, being reviled.

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Cyborg Beauty

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