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By Meenakshi Gigi Durham

In this e-book, Meenakshi Gigi Durham outlines and advances a innovative feminist framework for electronic ethics within the technosexual panorama, exploring the complicated and evolving interrelationships among intercourse and tech.

Today we are living in a “sexscape,” a globalized assemblage of media, transnational capital, sexual practices, and identities. Sexuality suffuses the modern media-saturated setting; we have interaction with intercourse through telephone apps and airport TVs, billboards and Jumbotron displays. Our recommendations of sexual illustration and physique transformation — from sexting to plastic surgical procedures — take place on the subject of our deep and complicated engagements with mediated photographs of hope. those technosexual interactions carry the promise of sexual liberation and boldly creative pleasures. yet within the machinic suturing of applied sciences with our bodies, the politics of race, category, gender, and state proceed to subject. Paying acute awareness to media’s courting to the politics of situation, social hierarchies, and regulatory schemas, the writer mounts a lucid and passionate argument for an ethics of technosex invested within the research of strength.

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It therefore is sex. ”57 Representation is deeply imbricated with sex, as well as with sexual subjectivity. Our enmeshments with sexual representation are mediated by corporeal relationships with the technologies that effectuate that representation: cinema screens and cameras, computers, cell phones, the Internet. Through practices like sexting, we circulate images of our own desiring bodies; in cybersex, we engage in a variety of sexual activities, always through a mediating apparatus. Our bodies are conjoined with the technologies as well as the images and discourses of sex they convey; our bodies assert, respond to, interact with, these assemblages, becoming 52 Janet Holland, Caroline Ramazanoglu, Sue Sharpe, and Rachel Thomson, “Power and Desire: The Embodiment of Female Sexuality,” Feminist Review 46 (1994), 21–38.

84. ”48 De Lauretis, too, though, conceptualizes sexuality as a product of technological representation rather than an innate human essence or instinct. For Mark Hansen, new media technologies and cyber art offer intensified and powerful spaces of connection between bodies, representations, and the subject. ”51 Sexual difference, sexualities, sexual desires—the vast and complex cosmos of sex emerges in the intersections and interstices of history, culture, discourse, and materiality. Neither purely biological and corporeal nor simply representational and culturally inscribed, sexualities are realized at the juncture of the physical and the symbolic.

In her work, bodies represent the dynamics of sexuality and reference the social construction of female identity in terms of sexual markers—menarche, childbirth, menopause—while reworking their meaning. Rather than seeing age as a way to demean and devalue women, Corinne’s celebration of the menopausal body asserts a potent challenge to sexual hierarchies in contemporary society. The racialized body, like the aging or LGBTQ body, is deeply imbricated with sexual meaning and has been the flashpoint of struggles over identity, self-definition, and resistance to the violence of dominant 27 Richard H.

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