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Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Eraby Beatriz Preciado
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What constitutes a "real" man or woman in the twenty-first century? Since birth control pills, erectile dysfunction remedies, and factory-made testosterone and estrogen were developed, biology is definitely no longer destiny.
In this penetrating analysis of gender, Paul B. Preciado shows the ways in which the synthesis of hormones since the 1950s has fundamentally changed how gender and sexual identity are formulated, and how the pharmaceutical and pornography industries are in the business of creating desire. This riveting continuation of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality also includes Preciado's diaristic account of his own use of testosterone every day for one year, and its mesmerizing impact on his body as well as his imagination.
Paul B. Preciado has become one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexuality. He is currently a professor of political history of the body, gender theory, and history of performance at Université Paris VIII. He received his PhD in the theory of architecture at Princeton University, and a master of philosophy and contemporary theory of gender at the New School for Social Research in New York.
"Insightful yet incomplete, French gender theorist Preciado categorizes our modern era as 'pharmacopornographic' — 'a biomolecular (pharmaco) and semiotic-technical (pornographic) government of sexual subjectivity.' According to the author, pharmaceuticals transform 'our depression into Prozac, our masculinity into testosterone, our erection into Viagra, our fertility/sterility into the Pill,' while the sex industry 'control the sexuality of those bodies codified as woman and cause the ejaculation of those bodies codified as men.' Part theory, part memoir, the book also chronicles the author's experimental consumption of testosterone, which she took every day for a year. She reports feeling like an addict on 'T,' and describes her increased sexual desire and other elements of the transmasculine journey, such as going to drag-king workshops. Unfortunately, Preciado doesn't manage to tie her experiment into her theory of pharamacopornography, and her conclusions about that global phenomenon do not fulfill her smash-the-gender-binary call. Preciado frequently equates transgenderism and gender liberation with the availability of testosterone and the expression of masculinity in bodies that are assigned the gender 'female' at birth. The book also nearly completely omits any mention of transgender women. Agent: Mercedes Casanovas, Casanovas & Lynch." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Beatriz Preciado has become one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexuality. She is currently Professor of Political History of the Body, Gender Theory, and History of Performance at the University Paris VIII. She received her PhD in the Theory of Architecture at Princeton University where she earned special distinction to which she was a research career. She earned a Master of Philosophy and Contemporary Theory of Gender in the New School for Social Research in New York. She studied with Agnes Heller and Jacques Derrida.
Bruce Benderson is the translator of many authors from the French, including Virginie Despentes, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Pierre Guyotat, and, though it is quite far away from his usual subject matter, the autobiography of Céline Dion. He is also the author of several novels and works of nonfiction.
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