Beatriz Preciado / Walls & Bridges
Beatriz Preciado has become one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexuality. A professor of Political History of the Body, Gender Theory, and History of Performance at Paris VIII, she is also the author of Manifiesto contrasexual, which has become a queer theory classic, and Pornotopía: Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War, which has was a finalist for the 2010 Anagrama Essay Prize. She received her PhD in the Theory of Architecture at Princeton and her Masters in Contemporary Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York.
Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era
Translated by Bruce Benderson
(The Feminist Press, 201
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, Beatriz Preciado shows the ways in which the synthesis of hormones since the 1950s has fundamentally changed how gender and sexual identity formulated, and how the pharmaceutical and pornography industries are in the business of creating desire. This riveting continuation of Foucault's The History of Sexuality also includes Preciado's diaristic account of her own use of testosterone every day for one year, and it's mesmerizing impact on her body as well as her imagination.
Dates already booked
Friday, October 11th: Walls and Bridges, New York
Monday, October 14th: Princeton University, Princeton
Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall Street, Room 208
New Haven, CT