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Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics

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For one year Beatriz Preciado gave doses of testosterone to herself every day. She writes: "I don't take testosterone to transform myself into a man but to betray what society has wanted to make of me . . . to feel a form of pleasure that is post-pornographic, to add a molecular prostheses to my low-tech transgendered identity."

On one level, this book is a diary of transgr
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tope
Splitting the difference. As a scholarly product in the abstract - quite impressive, in the tradition of and remixing from Foucault, Butler, Haraway, Wittig, and many other (primarily French) philosophers. But not quite satisfying in the end.

The "pharmaco" bit of Preciado's argument is engagingly and convincingly presented; the "p*rnographic" bit, for all the words expended on it, never quite comes together. I'd say it's hampered by a level of introspection and self-centering that is extremely
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Sydney
Ohmygoodness this is definitely on the Top 5 List of best books I've ever read. It's like Judith Butler on speed (or maybe Testosterone). It takes the best of Foucault and Butler and rips them into the 2st century, analyzing postmodern critiques and performance theory in light of the pharmaceutical industry, the porn industry and our third-wave capitalist society. Half riveting gender theory and half wildly sexy and personal journey through a Testosterone addiction, Testo Junkie is crucial to un ...more
Liza
A long time ago one of my teachers told me it wasn't enough just to write a love song to Foucault, you had to actually build on him, and I was like come on that's impossible, but Preciado totally does it here. And that is only one of several ways this book blew my mind. Crazy compelling, it is a sex/drug/philosophy page turner that will keep you up late and make you wonder if you should take testosterone too.

Before I read this, I was going to go see her at NYU but I spent so much time eating fal
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Justin Abraham
Completely original.
Travis Wagner
This book is a key text in the evolving works of queer theory, more importantly its focus on the intersections of technology and embodiment and what role capitalist structures play into that on a transnational level means that it is a new point of grounding for my own research endeavors.
Kyle
Loved it. the pharmacopornagraphic is really real to me
Nick
read the english translation which still isn't listed on goodreads
Natália
I am re-reading this one to have a better grasp. The first time I read it in French I couldn't fully appreciate its quite daring ideas.
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Beatriz Preciado (Burgos, 1970) is a Spanish philosopher. Her main contributions are within the field of "Queer Theory".

She received her Ph.D. in the Theory of Architecture at Princeton University where she earned special distinction to which she was a research career. She earned a Master of Philosophy and Contemporary Theory of Gender in the New School for Social Research in New York. She studied
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“Let us dare, then, to make the following hypothesis: the raw materials of today’s production process are excitation, erection, ejaculation, and pleasure and feelings of self-satisfaction, omnipotent control, and total destruction.” 2 likes
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