Why are Japanese Cyborgs Always Female?

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Why are Japanese Cyborgs Always Female?

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Sharalyn Orbaugh, Professor of Asian studies and women’s & gender studies, University of British Columbia.

In the robot, android or cyborg body, sex and gender are constructed and unnecessary rather than biological and functional; nonetheless, most depictions of such post-human entities retain gender and sex markers. This presentation explores the reasons behind this phenomenon in recent Japanese anime films, such as Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis.

Publication Date

11-5-2009

Keywords

Japanese Anime, Japanese Cyborgs

Why are Japanese Cyborgs Always Female?
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