Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era

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The Feminist Press at CUNY, Sep 23, 2013 - Social Science - 432 pages
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This visionary book on gender and sexuality weaves together high theory and intimate memoir, with "spectacular" results—"and the gendered body will never be the same again" (Jack Halberstam).

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
12
Your Death
15
The Pharmacopornographic Era
23
Testogel
55
History of Technosexuality
68
In Which the Body of VD Becomes an Element in an Experimental Context
82
Technogender
99
Becoming T
130
Testomania
236
Pornpower
265
Jimi and Me
318
Experimentation Voluntary Intoxication Mutation
333
Eternal Life
399
About the Feminist Press
428
Back cover
429
Copyright

Pharmacopower
144

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Paul B. Preciado is one of today's leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexuality. He is currently Professor of Political History of the Body, Gender Theory, and History of Performance at the University Paris VIII. He received his PhD in the Theory of Architecture at Princeton University where he earned special distinction to which he was a research career. He earned a Master of Philosophy and Contemporary Theory of Gender in the New School for Social Research in New York, where he 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 CÚline Dion. He is also the author of several novels and works of nonfiction.

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