The Cyborg Mermaid (or: How Technè Can Help the Misfits Fit In)
AbstractIn feminist studies, the figure of the mermaid has long been regarded as flawed, disabled and less-than-human. Her theoretical counterpart in that respect would be the cyborg, an image used to show that with the aid of robotics, humankind could be larger than life. What would happen if we could combine those two images and apply them to create “super love” more-than-human relationships? This article explores the possibilities of technology for “mermaids”, people who normally fall outside the norm, to satisfy human desires in a new way. Two case studies will be presented, first we will look at people who identify as having ASD (Autism Spectre Disorders) and second we explore the use of technology for people who have BDSM-oriented desires (related to Bondage and Discipline (B&D), Dominance and Submission (D&S), and Sadism and Masochism (S&M)). We briefly discuss the added value of practice theory for exploring how people are altered by technè. View Full-Text
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Mussies, M.; Maliepaard, E. The Cyborg Mermaid (or: How Technè Can Help the Misfits Fit In). Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2017, 1, 4.
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Mussies, Martine; Maliepaard, Emiel. 2017. "The Cyborg Mermaid (or: How Technè Can Help the Misfits Fit In)." Multimodal Technologies Interact. 1, no. 1: 4.
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