Testo Junkie | Beatriz Preciado

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I was intrigued by this book as it was compared to the ride you get when you read a book by William Burroughs. Now that is a comparison not many can claim.

The book was first published in 2008 in French; it has been issued this week in English translation.

The book takes the form of a diary, the author Beatriz Precido decides to record her experiment of taking a daily dose of testosterone for a year. 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’.

The book isn’t just a diary, it’s much more than that, it’s a commentary on the way we relate to drugs. Drugs to make us feel better, drugs to have better sex, drugs to change our very being. It discusses some pretty horrific experiments that were done in the 60s whilst testing the pill.

The book reminded me in ways of a new age queer version of Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance… not of course due to the content but more due to the depth of philosophy and the view of the world as it is now.

It’s a fascinating ride and one that I’m sure will inspire some very interesting views in the future.

You can get your copy here

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