Technology in the service of humanity: perspectives on gender and inclusion

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Abstract

Technology that matters is technology that serves humanity. Technology that is in the service of humanity is grounded in a Christian world-view that cements the place of humans in the world. Are these truth claims universally acknowledged? How would these truth claims hold up when appraised from a feminist lens that privileges gender diversity and inclusion of not only humans but also other species that are connected to humanity as a biological community? This paper aims to offer a theological reflection on the question of gender and inclusion with a focus on reproductive technologies that are in the service of humanity paradoxically in calling to question not only how we understand our place in this world but also what it means to be human in relation to other humans, other species and the environment at large. The paper traces ontological and theological shifts through the trope of the womb as cosmic, material, and virtual sites of contestation: firstly, through the centring of the human in creation based on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si (hereafter LS) manifested in technologies of, for and by humans; and secondly, the decentring of the human in creation through reproductive technologies, e.g. artificial wombs and its implications for the unborn, women, pregnant (trans)men. The paper argues for a decentring of the human in creation and concomitant foregrounding of radical relationality between humans and other species, to better embrace the sacredness of all in creation, in this Anthropocene Age of ecological crises that is culpably impacted by humans. The ways in which this endeavour – a feminist theoretical, theological and political praxis – potentially engenders post-gender, post-Christian, and post-human considerations, will now be borne.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalConcilium
Volume2019
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • post-gender
  • Posthumanism
  • post-Christian
  • artificial womb
  • transmen
  • feminist-queer theology

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