Paul B. Preciado
Paul B. Preciado, formerly known as Beatriz Preciado, is a writer, philosopher, and curator whose work focuses on applied and theoretical topics relating to identity, gender, pornography, architecture, and sexuality. In 2010, Preciado began a process of ‘slow transition’ where he started the process of becoming a male.
I. To begin with, the regime of sex, gender and sexual difference you consider universal and almost metaphysical, on which rests all psychoanalytical theory, is not an empirical reality, nor a determining symbolic order of the unconscious. It is no more than an epistemology of the living, an anatomical mapping, a political economy of the body and a collective administration of reproductive energies. A historic system of knowledge and representation constructed in accordance with a racial taxonomy during a period of European mercantile and colonial expansion that crystallized in the second half of the nineteenth century. Far from being a representation of reality, this epistemology is in fact a performative engine that produces and legitimizes a specific political and economic order: the heterocolonial patriarchy.