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Testo Junkie

Author : Paul B. Preciado
ISBN : 9781558618381
Genre : Social Science
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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, Paul B. Preciado shows the ways in which the synthesis of hormones since the 1950s has fundamentally changed how gender and sexual identity are formulated, and how the pharmaceutical and pornography industries are in the business of creating desire. This riveting continuation of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality also includes Preciado's diaristic account of his own use of testosterone every day for one year, and its mesmerizing impact on his body as well as his imagination.
Category: Social Science

Testo Junkie

Author : Beatriz Preciado
ISBN : 9781558618374
Genre : Social Science
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The most visionary book on gender and sexuality today.
Category: Social Science


Author : Beatriz Preciado
ISBN : 1935408488
Genre : Social Science
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Published for the first time in 1953, Playboy became not only the first pornographic popular magazine in America, but also came to embody an entirely new lifestyle that took place in a series of utopian multimedia spaces, from the fictional Playboy's Penthouse of 1956 to the Playboy Mansion of 1959 and the Playboy Clubs of the 1960s. At the same time, the invention of the contraceptive pill offered access to a biochemical technique able to separate (hetero)sexuality and reproduction, troubling the traditional relationships between gender, sexuality, power, and space. In Pornotopia, Beatriz Preciado examines popular culture and pornographic spaces as sites of architectural production. Combining historical perspectives with insights from critical theory, gender studies, queer theory, porn studies, and the history of technology, and drawing from a range of primary transdisciplinary sourcestreatises on sexuality, medical and pharmaceutical handbooks, architecture journals, erotic magazines, building manuals, and novels -- Preciado traces the strategic relationships among architecture, gender, and sexuality through popular sites related to the production and consumption of pornography: design objects, bachelor pads, and multimedia rotating beds. Largely relegated to the margins of traditional histories of architecture, these sites are not mere spaces but a series of overlapping systems of representation. They are understood here not as inherently or naturally sexual, nor as perverted or queer, but rather as biopolitical techniques for governing sexual reproduction and the production of gender in modernity.
Category: Social Science

Drugs For Life

Author : Joseph Dumit
ISBN : 9780822348719
Genre : Business & Economics
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Joseph Dumit argues that underlying Americans' burgeoning consumption of prescription drugs and the skyrocketing cost of healthcare is a relatively new perception of ourselves as inherently ill and in need of chronic treatment.
Category: Business & Economics

King Kong Theory

Author : Virginie Despentes
ISBN : 9781847651709
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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King Kong Theory is Despentes' candid account of how she became notorious: reviled and admired in equal measure for her rape-revenge novel turned film, Baise-Moi, she is the poster girl for modern female rebellion. Powerful, provocative and personal, King Kong Theory describes the ways her ideas have been shaped by her experiences of rape, prostitution and working in the porn industry. Feminist theory sheds its fusty image and takes on a punk mentality as Despentes claims that sisterhood explodes our belief in feminine perfection and creates a space for all those who can't or won't obey the rules. Woolf and de Beauvoir are revived and updated by the loudest, most fiercely unapologetic misfit writing in France today.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Crack Wars

Author : Avital Ronell
ISBN : 0252071905
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Avital Ronell asks why "there is no culture without drug culture." Tracing and tracking the zones of modern dependencies, she deals with the usual drugs and alcohol (and their celebrities: Freud's cocaine, Baudelaire's hashish, the Victorians' laudanum), and moves beyond them to addictive mappings that are culturally accepted - an insatiable appetite for romance novels, for instance, and romance itself as well as the satellite technologies of our everyday existence.
Category: Literary Criticism

Not Tonight

Author : Joanna Kempner
ISBN : 9780226179155
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Argues that the general dismissal of migraine can be traced back to the gendered social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand and make policies for people in pain.
Category: Health & Fitness

Times Square Red Times Square Blue

Author : Samuel R. Delany
ISBN : 0814719201
Genre : Social Science
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As issues of history and memory collide in our society and in the classroom, the time is ripe to rethink the place of history in our schools. Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History represents a unique effort by an international group of scholars to understand the future of teaching and learning about the past. It will challenge the ways in which historians, teachers, and students think about teaching history. The book concerns itself first and foremost with the question, "How do students develop sophisticated historical understandings and how can teachers best encourage this process?" Recent developments in psychology, education, and historiography inform the debates that take place within Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History. This four-part volume identifies the current issues and problems in history education, then works towards a deep and considered understanding of this evolving field. The contributors to this volume link theory to practice, making crucial connections with those who teach history. Published in conjunction with the American Historical Association.
Category: Social Science

Dark Continents

Author : Ranjana Khanna
ISBN : 0822330679
Genre : History
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Dark Continents argues that psychoanalysis is a colonial discipline that paradoxically provides crucial tools for critiques of postcolonialism and neocolonialism. Ranjana Khanna reveals how the concept of the self that emerged in psychoanalytic theory, even in its many post-Freudian variations, developed in relation to the concept of the European nation-state. She contends that understanding colonialism's role in the formation of psychoanalysis enables the insight that the nation-state was constituted through the colonial relation and, indeed, must be radically reshaped if it is to survive without colonies. She shows how psychoanalysis helps to explain the melancholia imperialism created among both colonizers and the colonized. Positing that issues of ethics and feminism ultimately lie at the heart of the connections between colonialism and psychoanalysis, Khanna assesses the merits of various models of nationalism, psychoanalysis, and colonialism for a transnational feminist ethics. Khanna traces the development and deployment of psychoanalysis-particularly its relationship to colonial projects-from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century up to the present. Illuminating Freud's debt to the languages of archaeology and anthropology alongside the development of his career, the collapse of the Habsburg empire, and the Nazi occupation of Vienna, she shows how Freud altered his theories of the ego as his own political status changed. Khanna looks at how psychoanalytic theory was taken up in the metropole and colonies in the period of decolonization following World War II, focusing on its use by a range of writers including Sartre, Octave Mannoni, Aim and Suzanne Csaire, Ren Mnil, Frantz Fanon, and Albert Memmi. She points out that it was through Sartre's and Mannoni's work that the contingency of the European nation-state first came into view. Given the masculinist nature of many of these writers' thought, Khanna focuses on the necessity of a feminist critique of psychoanalytic theory.
Category: History