Within the field of trans- studies, a heterogeneous body of artists, activists, scholars, and pornographers have been coming together in order to address within their respective projects, performances, collaborations, and disciplines: what is the potential of the trans-body in the twenty-first century? Beatriz Preciado's Testo Junkie, translated from the French by Bruce Benderson, wrestles with this question, among others, in order to theorize the body in transition as it moves within and against a Western landscape corrupted by pharmacopower and pornpower. Preciado (who is fluent in Spanish, English, and French) delivers a theoretically cogent and compelling account of the “pharmacopornographic” regime as it functions under capitalist, colonizing practices; throughout hir analysis, the author maintains that these forms of control do not produce docile, self-surveilling subjects but instead seductively aid in their design. To use the words of contemporary artist Mike Mills,...
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1 August 2014
Aren Z. Aizura Trystan Cotton Carsten/LaGata, Carla Balzer Marcia Ochoa Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
Book Review| August 01 2014
Transgressive Truth Telling
Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic EraPreciado, Beatriz Translated by Benderson, Bruce
TSQ (2014) 1 (3): 449–454.
Lara Rossana Rodriguez; Transgressive Truth Telling. TSQ 1 August 2014; 1 (3): 449–454. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-2685696
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