June 11, 2015

After Accelerationism: The Xenofeminist Manifesto

It has arrived! The Laboria Cuboniks collective have just released their highly-anticipated manifesto, Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, via their Twitter account.

Already, it is being lauded by cultural critics such as Mark Fisher for “definitively grasp[ing] feminism back from the… hands of the moralising-spiteful petit-bourgeoisie,” and as indicative of “a new counterculture [that] is emerging from the shadows.”

Rejecting originary authenticity, affirming technological alienation, and regrounding left accelerationism in its cyberfeminist antecedents, the xenofeminists have unleashed an alien storm system, one from which terrestrial subjectivities will not emerge unaltered.

From XFM

“Xenofeminism is gender-abolitionist… Let a hundred sexes bloom! …[And, let’s] construct a society where traits currently assembled under the rubric of gender, no longer furnish a grid for the asymmetric operation of power… You’re not exploited or oppressed because you are a wage labourer or poor; you are a labourer or poor because you are exploited…”

Additional Resources

Armen Avanessian and Helen Hester, w/ Rosi Braidotti, Shulamith Firestone, Donna Haraway, Laboria Cuboniks, Lisa Nakamura, Alexandra Pirici, Nina Power, Paul B. Preciado, Raluca Voinea. Dea Ex Machina.

Laboria Cuboniks, Towards Xenofeminism. The New Centre for Research & Practice.

Anarchotranshuman republished a PDF of the manifesto here.

Press review of the Dea Ex Machina launch (in German).

Dominic Fox, Notes on the Xenofeminist Manifesto.

Olivia Lucca Fraser, Artificial Intelligence in the age of sexual reproduction: sketches for xenofeminism, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris, September 29 2014 – 73’17”.

Helen Hester, Synthetic Genders and the Limits of Micropolitics.

Edia Connole, Interview with Amy Ireland.


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