An Analysis Of Haraway 's Manifesto ' Manifesto Essay

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In a world invested in (overly) determined-biological authenticity, its margins will be populated by the identified and self-identifying cyborgs. This is not a coincidence. Haraway’s Manifesto strongly suggests that in such a mixed subjugated population emergent opportunities for political alliances based on affinities thrives. She reminds us that cyborgs do not/cannot respect traditional boundaries and are therefore driven by ‘survival’ (294) imperatives to reach across, to break through, to shatter windows and ceilings, to ultimately be fluid and flow between hardened boundaries and between worlds of status quo. In other words, to not only create patchwork identities but to construct political understandings and positions through patchwork or coalition politics. For alliances to work there must first be alignments. Haraway locates these through Sandoval (2000) who in Methodology for The Oppressed, notes a connectivity between the ““mestiza consciousness” that emerges from the Anzalduan borderlands where “feminists of color keep ‘intact shifting and multiple identities’ with ‘integrity’ and ‘love’” and the commitment to partiality, irony, intimacy and perversity” of cyborgs (168) . It becomes salient to highlight how these ‘shifting and multiple identities” are survival mechanisms activated in response to being ‘othered’ by dominant politics and those who espouse them. Both feminists-of-color and cyborgs have utilized these mechanisms by recreating themselves in response,

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