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Neuromancer

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Transcript of Neuromancer

Women and Empowerment
What is empowerment?
the power to take action on one's own behalf
Molly becomes a subject of question, whether or not she is an empowered character or not.

What role do women play in Neuromancer?
The women of Neuromancer are...
The way people talk about and view each other also affects how one can see who is empowered and who is not.
Women are seen as sexual symbols
"'Wake up,
baby'" ( 85)
"a trio of young office
techs who wore idealized
holographic vaginas on their
wrists, wet pink glittering under
the harsh lighting" (74)
“'I couldn’t quite hold her,
hold her in my mind. But
I wanted to hold her,
hold her and more...'”
(134)


“'You have told this
to your woman friend?'”
(...) “In Turkey, women
are still women. This
one . . .” (87)
"three Japanese wives
in Hiroshima sackcloth
awaited sarariman
husbands, their oval
faces covered with
artificial bruises"
(124)
"'Joke,
to start with, ’cause once they
plant the cut-out chip, it seems like free money. Wake up sore,
sometimes, but that’s it. Renting the
goods, is all. You aren’t in, when it’s
all happening. House has software
for whatever a customer wants to pay
for. . . .'” (142)
Yet, Gibson works a way around such stereotype...
"Better biocompatibility with pyrolitics...same with your claws" (49)
Molly took it in her own hands to please
A sense of empowerment towards the male
In Case's weaker moments, Molly had the opportunities to cause harm to him with her claws
"Roll over. I give a good massage" (30)
Molly took command of the situation...forcing power of herself over Case
Women are seen as sexual symbols
Yet, Gibson works a way around such stereotype...
"Better biocompatibility with pyrolitics...same with your claws" (49)
Molly took it in her own hands to please
A sense of empowerment towards the male
In Case's weaker moments, Molly had the opportunities to cause harm to him with her claws
When it comes to violence, Molly does not lack
"In Turkey there is disapproval of women who sport such modifications"..."It's my show, Jack"...(85)
"came out with the fletcher...centimeters from his lips" (86)
She embodies empowerment in both feminine and masculine actions throughout Neuromancer
the sensual
the violent
3Jane is a manager, but also a clone. Women are treated as commodities because they can be cloned.
"I know your Linda, man. I know all the Lindas. Lindas are a generic product in my line of work" - Lonny Zone (144)

technologically modified
prostitutes with erased memories
clones
Molly features built-in claws and an internal clock screen. Her modifications make her physically stronger and allow her to embark on dangerous missions with Case and other cowboys.
The "puppets" in the novel take on jobs as prostitutes. However, their memories are erased continuously while on the job.
POWER
CHARACTERS IN POWER HAVE STRENGTHS IN CYBERWORLD
technologically modified
Case
- talented hacker
but mycotoxin makes him unable to hack, and then when healed has toxic sacs
Armitage
- able to heal Case and insert toxic sacs, controls operations
really controlled by Wintermute, out of control when Corto resurfaces
Molly
- strong and protects Case, able to get information about Armitage
disempowered for being a woman, had to be a meat puppet to get any of the power she had
Wintermute
- control over Armitage and entire operations
but everything it does is because it was programmed (to look for Neuromancer) by 3Jane's mom
= those who have control over what happens to themselves and other people
EMPOWERED & DISEMPOWERED
Women are seen
as puppets to be
played with and
manipulated.
Men do not see them
as their equals.
everyone and no one in power
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