Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene
Awash in Urine: DES and Premarin in Multispecies Response-ability
Chapter 5 begins with historically specific cross-species personal and intimate relations saturated with particular molecules. The chapter follows various estrogens that connect an aging woman and her elder dog, specifically, the author and her companion and research associate Cayenne. Before the threads of the string figure have been tracked far, remembering their cyborg littermates, woman and dog find themselves in histories of veterinary research, endocrinology from the 1930s on, Big Pharma, horse farming for estrogen, zoos, DES feminist activism, interrelated animal rights and women’s health actions, and more. Intensely inhabiting specific bodies and places as the means to cultivate the capacity to respond to worldly urgencies with each other is the core theme. The goal is to cultivate the capacity for response—response-ability.