Compared to purely physical, un-mediated bodies, cyborg bodies are afforded exploration of the
 assemblages of physical possibilit
ies. The flexibility of cyberspace allows cyb
orgs a level of experimentation that is
unprecedented in the
ical realm.

Compared to AFK,
cyberspace can afford cyborgs greater freedom of expression without the same threat of being ta
rgeted with acts of physical bodily violence.
In particular, many cyborgs may exercise
this freedom to experiment with various assemblages of gender and sexuality

In other words, cyborgs are queer.

While the physicality of cyberspace differs from
K experience,
cyborgs involved in gender experimentation online engage in an active construction of their o
wn ideal embodiment. For some marginalized individuals, this experience online saves lives.

“Far from being left behind when we enter cyber-space, our bodies are no less actively involved in the construction of virtuality than in the construction of real life.” – N. Katherine Hayles

“Gender’s power and ubiquity make it a social institution… [a] structure produced and maintained by widespread, deeply embedded practices, legitimated by rarely questioned beliefs and values…gender makes one category of people subordinate to the other.”

An ideal form of mediation is imagined as being fully transparent, “where the medium produces a perfect symmetry between copy and original, and, thereby, erases itself.” Simila
rly, individuals with different gender identities, sexual orientations, or manners of
expression outside of a normative gender binary and heterosexual culture are expected to remain invisible. Other
wise, they risk punishment, often manifested in forms of bod
ily harm.