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Jornal de Psicanálise

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SCHAFFA, Sandra Lorenzon. Body modification and binarity: From Lili Elbe to Paul Preciado. J. psicanal. [online]. 2021, vol.54, n.100, pp. 21-32. ISSN 0103-5835.

In order to contribute to the reflection on gender issues, the author examines, from a distance of over a century, the evolution of discourses and of representations as well as how these transformations impact subjective formations. She mentions the first transgender case (male to female) of which we have testimony: Lili Elbe. Lili Elbe left behind writings about her journey, which was marked by a determination that accepted no limits. The author then examines how the issue is addressed today, through the particular example of Paul B. Preciado (formerly known as Béatriz), whose approach to the notion of gender lies in the limit of the artistic performances of proponents of body art. Two worlds light years away from each other, going from an absolutely binary conception, in which one is a man or a woman, and the medical technique conceived only as a compensation for nature's error, to a conception in which the refusal of the "attributions" is produced by a common culture, all intermediate forms can be analyzed, even the use of pharmaceutical manipulations outside of the medical field.

Palavras-chave : phallus; reassignment; binarity; transgender; body art.

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