Genetic Technologies and Apocalyptic Feminism

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It seems that throughout its whole history humanity has always been incapable of living without a constant sense of deep-felt insecurity embodied in various apocalyptic premonitions. Indeed, pervasive religious sentiments, which arose in human societies yet in their dawn, in the past formed the backbone of the temporally limited vision of the history, and continue influencing people today, have gradually been augmented by fears stemming from new circumstances.


One of such important controversial issues that for quite a long time has occupied a visible place in both political and social/cultural debates is the problem of the role of gender in its numerous manifestations. All of us can easily remember the amount of public discussions devoted to sexism in society, gender discrimination at work place, and the role of feminism, which during the twentieth century has grown into the influential world view in the Western world. Now, the problem of gender in its general feminist sense also has in it prominent traces of apocalyptic rhetoric that is linked with the developments in genetic engineering technology, which promises to go beyond existing limitations in the sphere of relations between sexes, and even in the sphere of human procreation. Considering that the notion of gender belongs to the list of the most fundamental conceptions on which every human society has been based, let us take a closer look at this feminist-related debate, and try to obtain a deeper understanding of its premises and consequences.
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