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Paul B. Preciado: An Apartment on Uranus

Paul B. Preciado: An Apartment on Uranus

Transl. by Charlotte Mandell. UK 2019, 275 pp., brochure,  17.95
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Uranus, giant planet and a deity in Greek mythology, is also the inspiration for uranism, a concept coined by the writer Karl Heinrich Ulrich in 1864 to define the »third sex« and the rights of those who »love differently«. Following in Ulrich´s footsteps, the author dreams of an apartment on Uranus where he might live beyond existing power, gender and racial strictures invented by modernity. »My trans condition is a new form of uranism«, writes the author. »I am not a man. I am not a woman. I am not heterosexual. I am not homosexual. I am not bisexual. I am a dissident of the genus-gender system. I am the multiplicity of the cosmos trapped in a binary political and epistemological system, shouting in front of you. I am a uranist confined inside the limits of technoscientific capitalism.« This book, a chronicle of a crossing, recounts the process of transforming from Beatriz into Paul B. during which the author transformed his body and subjectivity through the self-administration of testosterone. Preciado analyses other processes of political, cultural and sexual transition, reflecting on socio-political issues including the rise of neo-fascism in Europe, the migrant crisis, the Zapatista struggle in Mexico, the fight for Catalonian independence, Julian Assange, sex work, Trump´s America, the harassment of trans children, the technological appropriation of the uterus, and the role museums might play in the cultural revolution to come.
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