Testo Junkie : Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era

Beatriz Preciado


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.' This is a diary of transgression; Preciado's record of the use of herself as a lab rat. It recounts the defiant 'misuse' of a pharmaceutical product normally strictly controlled and investigates gender politics.