Neuromancer Blog Post #1

Activists, feminists, civil rights supporters, and average citizens have been fighting for equal rights for both men and woman. Claiming that one day the two genders will equalize in society, these women’s rights campaigners continue to fight. Neuromancer, set in the future, has exceeded the goals of modern day supporters by evening out the powers of men and woman so much that there is no longer much of a variance between the two.

Linda Lee, Case’s former love interest, is introduced to the reader when she greets Case with, “Hey. Case, good buddy…I been lookin’ for you, man” (Gibson 9). At first glance, the quote seems to have been uttered by a male acquaintance of Case’s, rather than a female he is attracted to. Gibson creates the same masculine language with Molly later in the novel.

Apart from the verbal similarities between the sexes, the women are at the same toughness level as the male characters, sometimes ranking higher. In the vicious world of hacking, cowboys, and cyberspace, death and cruel punishments are common, and each person, male or female, must be willing to risk dealing with the consequences as a qualification of their profession. Molly is especially aggressive and intimidating and even threatens Riviera by saying, “No games. You play that subliminal shit around me, I’ll hurt you real bad” (Gibson 102). Unlike most women in today’s society, Molly is strong enough to say she can damage Riviera, and I do not doubt her ability to follow through with her threat.

Although there certainly are women who act very similar to the toughest of men in our time, most women simply want to be socially, politically, and economically equivalent to men while possessing the typical female characteristics. Gibson exaggerates this social equalization through his female characters and how they interact with men and the harsh world in which they exist. Gibson explores the theory that maybe women and men could one day have little more than physical differences separating them the more gender equality is pushed.

7 comments
  1. For as long as history can recall, the unequality between the rights of women compared to those of men has existed. Women have fought restlessly to receive the same rights as men and be able to live in our society as equals. Rebecca argues that women want the same rights as men and that the author, Gibson was aware of that maybe one day both could become equal. I share this opinion and believe that in this society, women can fluorish in any field that is dominated by men. Facts state that each year the number of women who attend college or other post-secondary institution is increasing. Women are rising to fill in the positions that many men are leaving vacant and will have the same rights one day!

  2. When it comes to the topic of females who act masculine, most of us will readily agree that these women are out of the ordinary. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of whether they are there for the sake of gender diversity. Whereas some are convinced that these women are showing gender equality, others maintain that the author needs the female characters for the progression of the plot line, rather than a message to send to the audience about the future of gender equality. Your topic reminds me of the behavior of Angelina Jolie as her character Lara Croft.

  3. The point you make about gender equality is very interesting, and one that I would not have originally noticed from reading the text. I think that Molly is the epitome of a strong female. However, I wonder whether this is because she is one who refuses to live in a world dominated by men, or if this is simply the status quo of the time Gibson was imagining. Regardless, Gibson’s vision of female roles in the future was extremely accurate. Since 1984 women have continued to grow and dominate domains previously controlled by men. I really enjoyed reading your post because I think it was an interesting lens to examine the novel through.

  4. I like the idea of gender that you bring up, it is something that I had not thought of when reading the novel. I agree that there is much more similarity between males and females, especially with Molly. Molly is very assertive and takes control of many situations. However, I do not know what I think Gibson is trying to portray through the women of this novel. I wonder what exactly, if any, is the connection between gender and technology. Maybe that with technology that are few differences between both genders. I do not know, but I do like your insight into the idea of gender in Neuromancer.

  5. I really enjoyed this blog post. Although I had thought of Molly as a strong independent woman, I really had not thought about the gender stereotype implications Gibson may be trying to get across. I also think that sometimes in the relationship between Case and Molly, Molly plays the more “masculine” role than does Case. As Rebecca previously stated, I think this further adds to Gibson’s overall point that men and women should be equal in society.

  6. Besides the obvious theme of technology, the book also has a theme of gender difference, and you make a great observation by pointing this out. Molly, as a street samurai, is fully armed all the time and is capable of fighting and protecting people. Case, on the other hand, tends to stand as a skillful cowboy who is physically weaker than Molly. These two people are exactly opposite to what people tend to think men and women should be like. Gibson has made a point that people should not generalize people and assume that women have weaker abilities than men. Also, Gibson foreshadows women rising power and gender equality that will soon be achieved in 1984.

  7. This is a great post, Rebecca, and a great series of comments pushing us to think further about how gender is working in the novel. I think we’ll all agree that Molly is a very strong and aggressive character, perhaps even more stereotypically masculine than Case, as Ali points out. But can we say the same about Linda? And do we even have enough information where we could make this call?

    What other female characters have we seen in the novel so far?

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