Under Techno-Capitalism, hatred of women is promoted in order to commodify female bodies and profit from women’s pain.
Jennifer Bilek publishes regularly on her blog The 11th Hour.
Most people probably think more about the liberating elements of technology than how it drives our servitude. We may think about the drawbacks of individual technological developments, but overall, we’re not thinking a lot about the unfettered growth of technology, its speed, complexity and its vast spread. As technology is sewn to unfettered capitalism it must grow or die. It must breach new boundaries or wither. Techno-Capitalism, or technology as it is wedded to capitalism functions of its own accord now, driven by profit. The oppression and hatred of females has become part of this system, which continually magnifies it.
In the 60’s and 70’s during the resurgence of a strong women’s liberation movement, women had a fighting chance to beat back against the systematized hatred of women. We rallied for physical autonomy, against rape, against the pornography industry. We shamed male writers casting us as sex objects in their novels and we had widespread media coverage of our views. We fought for equal pay for equal work. We dissected rigid sex stereotypes which subsequently successfully assimilated women and girls into the social fabric, into universities and the sciences, into professional sports and politics. But our oppression has been repackaged by a capitalist system, driven by almost unfathomable technological developments and is now being sold back to women as empowerment, liberation, and consumerist choice.
The porn industry is worth billions annually. It endangers the lives of women and psychological health of men and children. It constantly seeks to create new and bizarre forms of titillation with women’s bodies (and now children’s) standing as the detritus. This industry that colonizes our objectified bodies and tosses them aside after abusing them, for profit, is driven by technology into every sphere of our cultures. This objectification of women’s biology – objectification entails hatred to sustain itself – is sewn to the global market with technology driving it at warp speed. Men buy and ingest this hatred and young boys learn from it. They grow up feeling entitled to women as objects because it is all around them, in the air they breathe. Young girls learn this hatred of themselves and play out all manner of psycho-social disorders to inflict pain on their sexed bodies. They cut their skin and starve themselves, which is seen as an aberration, a mental disease. Yet, when they graduate to selling their bodies for sex to pay college tuition and or to stay alive, selling their eggs for profit, selling their wombs as vessels for purchased babies, to feed their families and cut off their breasts so they can identify as men, these self-inflicted wounds, under the great god of techno-capitalism, become progressive.
This body hatred is normalized by media, controlled by the same corporations profiting off women’s misery, to the point it is no longer even understood as hatred. This hatred driven by techno-capitalism looks like choice, even as it crawls across the globe, right under our noses, decimating women’s and girl’s lives. It looks like medical “help” when rich, white people can purchase a woman’s womb on the other side of the world so she can feed her family. The medical industrial complex (MIC) makes sure of the mother’s erasure in language and law: “surrogate,” while male sperm donors keep their parentage (read: humanity): fathers.
As girls seek to have their healthy breasts removed in order to “identify” as men, or men buy women’s body “parts” to “identify” as females the world celebrates their bravery. The MIC supports this, buying the complicity of institutions to support the bravery narrative and driving that narrative into the global marketplace. This creates a new “gender identity” industry. The tech-controlled media, unrelenting in its message, drives the narrative into all our lives. Women’s bodies are a frontier to colonize.
Journalist, @DrEm (on Twitter), has coined a term for the concept of “gender dysphoria” that young women are suddenly experiencing in vast numbers across the western world. She thinks a more apt term, and I agree with her, is “Oppression Discomfort Disorder.” It clarifies what is really happening to young women. It takes the onus off individual women and puts it squarely back where it belongs, on society, specifically techno-capitalism. It externalizes the hatred women continually internalize. @DrEm recently published a two-part article in Uncommon Ground Media about the sexist roots of transgenderism and how it has evolved. I have written over the years how this mythology has been organized by the MIC to drive surgeries, sales of pharmaceuticals, body dissociation as progressive and how this is opening markets.
What we are witnessing, still, is the violation of female boundaries driven by techno-capitalism for the profit of men, sexually, mentally, materially and financially. This violation is being repackaged as progressive and sped up by techno-capitalism.
As the MIC seeks to conquer the, as yet, impossible task of transplanting dead women’s wombs into men, it is time we take a stark look how these systems, all these industries, are linked by the techno-capitalist colonization of female biology for profit and who exactly is profiting.