The word “matrix” originates into the Latin mater, meaning both “mother” and “womb. ” This by itself shows that cyberspace is a space that is feminized.

The word “matrix” originates into the Latin mater, meaning both “mother” and “womb. ” This by itself shows that cyberspace is a space that is feminized.

The feminized technospace associated with the matrix is sexualized in cyberpunk, however it is also feared. In reality, Nixon contends so it assumes on the traits of a specific kind of fetishized femininity, particularly, the mother that is phallic. Nixon writes of Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988): “Gibson has certainly built the soft realm of dream as a kind of phallic mom: erotic, feminine, and potentially life-threatening. In the event that cowboy heroes neglect to perform brilliantly, they will be ?flatlined’ or have their jacks melted down, whichever is worse” (228). Operating within the regards to a traditional reading that is psychoanalytic Nixon centers on fetishized femininity, in specific the figure regarding the phallic mom plus the vision of castrated femininity that stands behind her while leaving masculinity unquestioned. A fetishized model of masculinity in which the technoman is complete and the unwired man lacks as we shall see, however, cyberpunk is another postmodern discourse that primarily constructs. Contrary to old-fashioned fetishism that revolves around masking Woman’s absence with prosthetics, the male human body is many looking for supplementation in Neuromancer’s narrative of posthuman masculinity.

The cyberpunk fantasy is no celebration of the body despite the feminine fleshiness evoked by the word “matrix, ” in Neuromancer.

Ironically, in cyberpunk fiction the fantasy of abandoning the human anatomy is actually the main one by which sensations of enjoyment are many heightened. Continue reading