HRP4C, Cherry 2000, Terminator 3… Donna Haraway?


Okay, I’ve been putting off that little piece on Robocop since I’ve gotten a little distracted by school work and Shark’s hockey.  Anyway, witnessing the “birth” of the Japanese “female” android HRP4C, I suddenly remembered some other interesting instances of “female” androids in sci-fi flicks, namely the Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken) from Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines and the android Cherry 2000 played by Pamela Gidley in the eponymous (and atrociously awful) b-movie (Melanie Griffith and Laurence Fishburne actually appear in this piece of crap, believe it or not.)

Some recent discussions I’ve had with friends about how these former science fiction conceptions of female simulation have now become science reality with the creation of HRP4C have led to some very interesting as well as shocking extrapolations about the future of the social construction of gender.  So, instead of talking about Donna Haraway and Robocop I think I’m going to use Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto to talk about those aforementioned films and just keep that discussion of Robocop, Marx, and Taylorism as something separate (when I get around to it).  Good times.


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