Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in The Pharmacopornographic Era by Paul B. Preciado

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I finally got around to reading this masterpiece of a meditation on the entanglements of pharmaceuticals, porn, and biopolitical capitalism. Part treatise on gender in the “pharmacopornographic era” and part memoir of Preciado’s tumultuous and transgressive practice of taking hormones, Testo Junkie elucidates the complex workings of desire and capital as they operate through pharmaceutically altered bodies and different corporeal instantiations of gender, sex, and sexuality in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Building on the work of a range of notable scholars including Derrida, Foucault, and Butler, the book offers both a surprisingly palatable synthesis of contemporary theory and a deeply personal manifesto on how we can re-orient ourselves to the structures of power that make our bodies and lives legible.  Rigorous in its historical analysis, heart wrenching in its autobiographical detail, and provocative in its theoretical thrust, Testo Junkie is nothing short of a contemporary classic.   

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