Women as nature

In Mellor’s Essay, “A Feminist Critique on Science,” explains the ways in which nature, gender, and science have influenced each other through Male ideology. The idea that nature is perceived as, “a fertile but passive female nature,” depicts nature as a “she” which can automatically place nature as subordinate to the superior male. Moreover, it is used as an excuse to undermine the natural balances and boundaries of nature itself. The lense in which mankind express themselves in science in order to enrich and facilitate benefits to society can ultimately be its undoing.

Victor Frankenstein is an example of a man who sought to break the boundaries of science through “re-animation” and create a species that will acknowledge him as a creator. He expresses, “what glory would attend the discovery if I could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!” (pp. 47). Victor misused science and violated the natural laws like surpassing death, by creating the ‘creature.’ Moreover, his ideology aided into his ego the fruits of his labor would reward him. So who was going to benefit after all? After all his efforts and dedication in creating his “own species” was in vain. Not only was he blinded by his ego he refused to take responsibility that comes with knowledge. By doing so, he amassed so much hatred after his own ‘creature’ that he dammed his own creation. He regretted the moment he embarked in his adventure, “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart,” (pp. 60.)

Thus, Mellor critiques the execution of science through man’s eyes. Just as Victor was irresponsible from his own scientific experiment, the same can be applied during the Industrial Revolution and in today’s technologically driven society. The idea of creating more jobs and “increasing the economy,” was an idea that sparked interest and societal growth. However, the idea of the superiority of class and gender suddenly became more important than improving the economy. When labor alienation, child labor, poor wages surfaced responsibility was not taken and as a result, the French Revolution ensued. The working class was denied basic human rights. Similarly, when the creature was denied a certain right, he rebelled. Thus, we can infer that when scientific advancements are in consequence of selfish deeds or superiority over all beings, can cause destruction that may even be irreversible to the environment.

  • Karla Garcia Barrera