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Reading Testo Junkie
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In her thought-provoking Testo Junkie, first appeared in Spanish in 2008 and then published in English by The Feminist Press, New York in 2013, Beatriz Preciado outlines a new cartography of sexuality in what s/he calls “pharmacopornographic” regime, a bio-political mode of governmentality in which sexuality is controlled through the capitalist production of drugs and spectacle. By insisting on pornography as paradigm of a post-Fordist mode of production, Preciado foregrounds pornographic techniques as a field of possible political intervention. What does pornography tell us about the current regime of capitalist production?

 

We will read together in class a selection of excerpts from the book and discuss some of the ideas sketched out in the book alongside with Preciado’s Towards a New Gender Ecology from 2008 and Teresa de Lauretis’ introduction to Technologies of Gender.

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  • Federica Bueti
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fiona geuss's picture

there is no pdf of the english version but this text is part of the book and comes close to the passages we read in class: Preciado’s Towards a New Gender Ecology from 2008 

fotini's picture

a bit late... but is there a pdf of the english version?? my spanish not so good.

Dear Testo Junkie reading group...

Thanks for coming to the class yesterday afternoon...

Next class we will be reading and discussing  Technogender in the pharmacopornographic era, which I would have liked to discuss yesterday already.

It would be great if you could read Teresa de Lauretis Technologies of Gender and I would  suggest to also read Teresa de Lauretis' Eccentric Subject ..

Here it is a copy:

http://programaddssrr.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/eccentric-subjects-feminist-theory-and-historical-consciousness.pdf

The reason why I insist on wanting to read De Lauretis along Testo Junkie is to understand where Preciado's theory of gender comes from; these texts  will give us a bit of background. 

Testo Junkie continues – as Caleb suggested – Foucault's analysis of sex and sexuality in History of Sexuality, and – I would add – continues (or if you prefer puts in to practice) Teresa de Lauretis'(and not only) insistence on a philosophical, cultural and political discourse that discuss gender beyond male narratives of gender. Towards the end of introduction to Technologies of Gender De Lauretis says: "most of the available theories of reading, writing, sexuality, ideology, or any other cultural production are built on male narratives of gender, whether oedipal or anti-oedipal, bound by the heterosexual contract; narratives which persistently tend to re-produce themselves in feminist theories. They tend to and will do so unless one constantly resists, suspicious of their drift. Which is why the critique of all discourses concerning gender, including those produced or promoted as feminist, continues to be as vital a part of feminism as is the ongoing effort to create new spaces of discourse, to rewrite cultural narratives, and to dfeine the terms of another perspective".

I must admit that I have doubts and there are things I don't understnad in De Lauretis's discussion of gender. Things I would be happy to discuss with you! May be Alex, you know more about it and want to give us a brief introduction next time? And, Caleb...it would be nice if at some point you would also join with a few thoughts on Foucault History of sexuality?

I look forward to hearing from and seeing you soon!

Federica

 

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