“voluntary elimination of gender in the human species”

“The heart of women’s oppression” Shulamith Firestone commented in 1970, “is her childbearing and child-rearing roles…To assure the elimination of sexual classes requires the revolt of the underclass (women) and seizure of control of reproduction…so the end goal of the feminist revolution must be unlike that of the first feminist movement, not just the elimination of male privilege but of the sex distinction itself; genital differences between human beings would no longer matter.”

Welcome to postgenderism.

I first came across the notion of postgenderism when I was watching a video about transhumanism. I paused the video and looked up postgenderism on Wikipedia, which offers the following explanation:

Postgenderism is a diverse social, political and cultural movement whose adherents affirm the voluntary elimination of gender in the human species through the application of advanced biotechnology and assistive reproductive technologies.

Advocates of postgenderism argue that the presence of gender roles, social stratification, and cogno-physical disparities and differences are generally to the detriment of individuals and society.

Voluntary elimination of gender in the human species? Hmm.

When I wrote about the coming gender-free utopia for Salvo 11, I couldn’t have imagined how close to reality this was. But many, many important scientists are working on finding ways to eliminate gender from the human experience. If you want to know more about this, a good place to start is George Dvorsky and James Hughes’ article for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, ‘Postgenderism: Beyond the Gender Binary.

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