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Autonomous Meat

Neuromancer  - William Gibson

I remember reading a really brilliant feminist critique of this book, but I've just looked for it and read several bunches of soggy, shallow 'liberal feminist' analysis arguing, for example, that Linda's imitation of masculine traits to make herself acceptable to Case (the male protagonist) is Gibson trying to show that 'negative traits are found in both genders'(!), that Molly's work as a 'meat puppet' (paid to provide sexual services in a drug-induced trance state) is 'empowering' and that she is 'in-control' when Case is 'riding' (Gibson's word) her audiovisual system, while actually throughout that section she is emptied of her power through injury and has to be rescued by him!

I've read it twice and for some reason it makes me feel sick. Sorry, fans.