Seminar 1: Paul B Preciado ‘Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics’

This seminar enabled us to initially deconstruct Preciado’s Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics. Preciado’s re-making of Foucault’s History of Sexuality, highlighted the importance of understanding the complexity of the different regimes of power. These regimes construct subjectivity, and therefore must be understood in order to be fought against.

I watched the suggested video below in my own time before the seminar. After going over the text in class and gaging a further understanding through watching a longer video of Preciado’s talk, I understood the complexity of changes, yet I cannot apply the idea of gender binary to myself. Personally, I am content with being a woman. I am more concerned with the expectations that are associated with being a specific gender. For example, how women are brought up to be maternal and emotional, whereas males are taught not to show emotion and to be strong. I believe that media consumerism is to blame. The misogynist perspective of the media and society today is what heightens and creates these stereotypes, particularly surrounding the objectification of women.



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