Queer Feminist Science Studies takes a transnational, trans-species, and intersectional approach to this cutting-edge area of inquiry between women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and science and technology studies (STS). The essays here “queer”—or denaturalize and make strange—ideas that are taken for granted in both areas of study. Reimagining the meanings of and relations among queer and feminist theories and a wide range of scientific disciplines, contributors foster new critical and creative knowledge-projects that attend to shifting and uneven operations of power, privilege, and dispossession, while also highlighting potentialities for uncertainty, subversion, transformation, and play.
Theoretically and rhetorically powerful, these essays also take seriously the materiality of “natural” objects and phenomena: bones, voles, chromosomes, medical records and more all help substantiate answers to questions such as, What is sex? How are race, gender, sexuality, and other systems of differences co-constituted? The foundational essays and new writings collected here offer a generative resource for students and scholars alike, demonstrating the ingenuity and dynamism of queer feminist scholarship.
Acknowledgments Queer Feminist Science Studies: An Introduction
Part One | Histories of Difference 1. Sexing the X: How the X Became the “Female Chromosome” / Sarah S. Richardson 2. Pelvic Politics: Sexual Dimorphism and Racial Difference / Sally Markowitz 3. The Sexual Reproduction of “Race”: Bisexuality, History, and Racialization / Merl Storr 4. From Masturbator to Homosexual: The Construction of the Sex Pervert / Ladelle McWhorter 5. “An Unnamed Blank that Craved a Name”: A Genealogy of Intersex as Gender / David A. Rubin
Part Two | Contemporary Archives and Case Studies1. Black Anality / Jennifer C. Nash 2. At the Same Time, Out of Time: Ashley X / Alison Kafer 3. “BIID”? Queer (Dis)Orientations and the Phenomenology of “Home” / Nikki Sullivan 4. The Allure of Artifice: Deploying a Filipina Avatar in the Digital Porno-Tropics / Mitali Thakor5. Gone, Missing: Queering and Racializing Absence in Trans & Intersex Archives / Hilary Malatino
Part Three | Disruptive Practices1. Immodest Witnessing, Affective Economies, and Objectivity / Michelle Murphy2. Pussy Ballistics and the Queer Appeal of Peristalsis, or Belly Dancing with Margaret Cho / Rachel Lee 3. Embodiments of Safety / Kane Race4. Consent, Capacity, and the Non-Narrative / Amber Musser5. Brains, Sex, and Queers 2090: An Ideal Experiment / Isabelle Dussauge
Part Four | Beyond the Human1. “Why Do Voles Fall in Love?”: Sexual Dimorphism in Monogamy Gene Research / Angela Willey and Sara Giordano2. Natural Convers(at)ions: Or, What if Culture Was Really Nature All Along? / Vicki Kirby3. “The Bio-Technological Impact” and “Abstract Sex” / Luciana Parisi 4. Toxic Animacies, Inanimate Affections / Mel Y. Chen5. Plasmodial Improprieties: Octavia E. Butler, Slime Molds, and Imagining a Femi-Queer Commons / Aimee Bahng
A lively collection of essays, Queer Feminist Science Studies is a brilliant pedagogical resource and a handbook for world-making in the key of social justice.
Jennifer Terry, author of Attachments to War: Biomedical Logics and Violence in Twenty-first-century America
This reader brings together new and underutilized essays that develop queer feminist approaches to science.
Lisa Weasel, coeditor of Feminist Science Studies: A New Generation
A superb collection of essays organized around queer feminist science studies, a constellation of fields that is traceable to both particular genealogies as well as emergent ones.
David Serlin, author of Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America
This much-needed collection highlights feminist science studies as queer theory while also foregrounding analyses of race, nation, and U.S. centrism. A perfect reader for teaching.
Jasbir Puar, author of The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability