Science Fiction Studies

Science Fiction Studies

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The Fetishization of Masculinity in Science Fiction: The Cyborg as well as the Console Cowboy

One aspect that is significant of technofetishism may be the intensification of y our social lust for brand new technologies. We come across such “technolust” celebrated in Wired magazine’s regular “Fetish” spot; this covers a variety of new services from technical devices including the MindDrive—a sensor sleeve that slips onto the index hand for anyone game players who tire of keeping a joystick—to brand brand new and much more manly means of eating ginseng. As Tim Barkow writes, “Brewing up tea as a boon to your manhood simply too femme? A means of getting your daily dose of ginseng that’s as butch as the root’s reputation at last there’s. ” (65).

Wired’s ginseng fetish is exposing, for what reaches stake listed here is not only a kind of commodity fetishism. Wired’s advertisement evokes a framework that is psychoanalytic that the fetish wards from the danger of feminization. The sight of which can be a source of castration anxiety for the male subject in orthodox psychoanalytic readings, it is always the woman who is fetishized; the fetish masks her horrifying lack of sexual difference. The fetish stands set for the woman’s missing phallus and facilitates the disavowal of her “castration, ” protecting a man topic through the looked at their own feasible “feminization. Continue reading “Science Fiction Studies”