There was a reason posthumanism developed in tandem with the information superhighway. Virtuality still offered the possibility for new realities, not a replication of the real world with all its top-down management, predictable flows of capital, and prescribed social roles. Why does this optimism sound utopian or naïve today? It’s partially because the historical moment of posthumanism has been characterized as irrational, unrealistic, mystical, bodily, sentimental, weakly scientific. In short, the posthuman era became a girl.
This woman is giving you a thumbs up. IS THIS FEMINIST?
TRIGGER WARNING. The “thumbs up” is the most phallocentric gesture imaginable. You are literally telling someone that a good job is the equivalent of growing a penis. In this case, two penises.
Additionally, this kind of casual congratulation has been known to put the recipient in a good mood, which can lead to entire minutes of complacency about their own privilege. PROBLEMATIC.
Poe’s law: “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody […] that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.”