Feminist Technology

women-1898499_1280Feminism neeeds to embrace advanced technology and visionary futurism in therefore helping design the future.

Futuristic vision is something that in hindsight has proven extremely powerful and empowering throughout industrial modernity. One classical example are the famous books by French science fiction writer Jules Verne (1828-1905) as most of his futuristic ideas for new machines have long since not only been realized but have become part of physical reality itself. The safety nets, free services and social infrastructures of the welfare state are essentially the realization of visions of early socialists and so transformative political movements are only as powerful as are indeed their visions of the future. Liberal-democratic Zionism is an example of a largely successful visionary political movement in terms of implementing its own vision.

While there are indeed works of feminist science fiction ever since the 17th century, these have had limited influence over the direction of global feminist movement. The notion of demanding White Male Privileges for human females above the chronological age of 18 is no doubt justified, yet quite insufficient – and not only in terms of perpetuating ageism – but also in that feminists typically thus only ask to become part of the Euro-male norm.

Feminist visionaries hence need to be given more attention within the feminist movement. The question that feminists generally and feminist visionaries specifically need to answer is therefore more specifically how do feminists wish the future to look like? Deciding more specifically how we wish the future to be other than becoming part of the Euro-male norm is therefore a most essential question indeed.

In fact, transformative political movements are just as strong as the transformative power of their visions of the future. Visionary politics is thus a form of self-realizing “secular” prophecy whereby the shared vision serves to galvanize a socio-political movement into achieving substantial change towards indeed shaping the future.

The question of technology has unfortunately been mostly ignored in the feminist movement with the important exception of the modern Hebrew prophetess Shulamith Firestone (1945-2012) and writers of feminist science-fiction. For example, the European Union has a literally gargantuan research budget that allots research funding to bodies throughout and even beyond the union. Yet, there is no allotment whatsoever in the EU research budget for development of intentionally feminist technologies such as artificial uteri. There is also still a distinctive absence of feminist entrepreneurs in the field of feminist technology.

Let’s be very clear, it’s certainly in the interest of feminism and female liberation to supplant domestic labor with a very high degree of technological automation. It is certainly quite interesting that robots designed to automatize female labor are still known as “androids” rather than as let’s say “gynoids”. What are in fact needed are gynoid robots that can liberate females from low tech labor, including unpaid domestic work such as household work and monogamous reproductive prostitution.

Gynoids should in fact take center stage in the feminist movement in the sense of liberating females from burdening low tech labor that indeed both burden and harm female bodies. Gynoids should therefore not only end domestic labor but also paid labor with detrimental effects on female bodies such as most (but surely not all) tasks involved in the caring for the sick, the elderly and the young. Gynoids should take care of of cooking, cleaning, doing the dishes and gynoids may even take on domestic sex work.

Artifical uteri as first envisioned in the Babylonian Talmud and later famously articulated by Shulamith Firestone is a particularly important feminist technology considering the harmful effects on female bodies of pregnancy and childbirth considering that 25% of young mothers after having had their first child become afflicted with incontinence as well as typically the negative effects on sexual life in vaginas typically ceasing to be tight due to what Shulamith Firestone described as the “barbarity” of childbirth which she likened to “shitting a pumpkin”.

Feminist medicine requires treating excessive and therefore pathological production of testosterone as well as genetically curing personality disorders, including those highly over-represented in chromosomal males such as anti-social personality disorders (i.e. ADHD/psychopathy). Genetic engineering and liberal eugenics certainly need to be deployed for feminist purposes towards ending male psychopathology.

Antiquated cultural systems for marital matching is another problem that causes significant suffering to females. Psychometric mass matching for various tasks are therefore essential indeed for the purpose of matching human beings for virtually every social purpose in life. Psychometric mass testing needs to be state-funded so as to ensure optimal compatibility in every respect, including for marriage and sexuality.

Feminist architecture needs to be kickstarted and developed towards making urban public space feel safe for human females around the clock, including at night. Architecture typically does not take feminist concerns into consideration and this clearly needs to change so that all urban planning includes feminist concerns.

What is needed therefore is an applied science of feminist engineering. Feminist perspectives have typically no influence whatsoever in the innovation and development of technologies and so it is essential that feminism not only critiques processes of technological development but actually moves to not only to innovate and develop feminist technologies but ensuring that feminist technologies are implemented by means of feminist entrepreneurship, including by feminist marketing strategies and feminist social strategies.

There is a persistent problem of slowtech, meaning that technologies and technological solutions already exist but do remain unutilized for no rational reason whatsoever. This is traditionally the problem in so called “developing countries” but has increasingly become a problem in “developed countries” as well. This includes the near absence of feminist technology although in many cases technological solutions already exist but simply do remain unutilized or at least not so for purposes relevant to feminism.

Feminism therefore needs to break out from the contemporary rhetorical inertia of the present and become a bold visionary and futuristic movement as indeed focused on how technology can serve to end male oppression of females. Feminism needs to internalize that problems are indeed often opportunities in disguise and the near total automation of the home generally as well as automation of unpaid and paid labor generally that burdens human females should certainly be given priority in the feminist movement.