Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.1 of 7)

IV. Imperfect Perfection: The Fembot, the Femme Fatale, & the Male Psyche The Fembot was not the first figure in media to tap into this desire to control and craft the uncontrollable. Whether it’s been building time machines or building people, characters in science fiction have long been concerned with the idea of perverting the forcesContinue reading “Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 4.1 of 7)”

A Radical Notion: Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 3 of 7)

III. Man vs. Nature: The Fembot Debate before Computer Technology While issues of femininity and the debate about machine intelligence are at the forefront of the Fembot ‘trope’, there is a bigger, more pervasive issue that this character addresses. Whether the story she inhabits is using her character to question the nature of femininity (isContinue reading “A Radical Notion: Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 3 of 7)”

A Radical Notion: Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 2 of 7)

II. Techno-Politics and Gender Politics: Conflict in the Fembot The question then becomes how our attitudes towards technology inform our attitudes towards gender as seen in the figure of the Fembot in popular science fiction literature. The Fembot is a figure composed of equal parts machine and programmed femininity. In each narrative, the Fembot becomesContinue reading “A Radical Notion: Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 2 of 7)”

A Radical Notion: Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 1 of 7)

I. The Fembot: An Introduction “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people”, explains theorists Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler (Mulvaney). Kramarae and Treichler are two of many theorists interested in the figure of femininity in common cultural practices. The field of feminist theory and critique has existed for decades and shows no signsContinue reading “A Radical Notion: Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 1 of 7)”