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.