Unlike the unfaithful Venus in the myth, however, the feminine side of the contrast is presented as morally admirable, whereas Gabriel's pathology--his technomania
and consequent inability to love--is clearly designed to draw the reader's ridicule.
A more recent publication - Carol Stabile's Feminism and the Technological Fix - which, like Judy Wajcman's Feminism Confronts Technology, critically reappraises the implications of technology for feminism from a Marxist viewpoint, focuses on two disparate responses in feminist thought, technophobia and technomania, which derive respectively from ecofeminist and postmodernist influences.
Her exploration of the division in the ways feminists have reacted to an increasingly technologised world, and her opposition to both technophobia and technomania, allow her to formulate a more cogent analysis of feminism and the military, "Semper Fidelis: Daughters in their Fathers' Military" (99-133) (mostly in relation to the Persian Gulf War and its media representation) than has been forthcoming when feminists have taken sides for and against technology.
There is something familiar about technological determinism, about technomanias
and technophobias, to someone like myself, who felt a connection to Marxism in the 1960s and after.