By Luciana Parisi
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Additional resources for Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy Series)
As a biologist and cultural theorist, Haraway contests the realms of nature and culture and the ontological evolution of the species where sex and reproduction are rooted in the humanist stories of competition, scarcity, balance and variation. Her work challenges the patrilinear system of evolution with descent embedded in colonialism and capitalism, refuting the ontological metaphysics of the one and the multiple. The historical project of humanism starts with the constitution of gender and sex as objects of study, the reproduction of the problem of genesis and origin (1991: 78).
Sex is constituted by assemblages of microbodies that hyperlink the most divergent forms and functions of reproduction. The biophysical stratiﬁcation of sex proposes an anti-genealogical analysis of the emergence and variation of genetic and cellular modes of reproduction suggesting that sexual difference is neither given nor culturally constructed. Quite the contrary, sexual difference and sexual reproduction emerge from parallel processes of transmission of information among diverging microbial bodies.
Femininity no longer remains speciﬁc to one mode of sex. It is not localized in one body or another, in one composition or another. It is not an identity, an individual unity. 38 These relations produce a micropolitics of becoming where particle-forces combine or disintegrate, activate or react against new encounters. These relations enable the construction of a molecular ethics of affect that ﬂees away from the politics of representation. The latter congeals the microchanges of relations into one structural aggregate that is erected as a delegate of multiplicity.
Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy Series) by Luciana Parisi