Sex and Flesh
August 5, 2022
Since the spring my ideas for this chapter have solidified, and I am beginning to see what the argument may look like. In the past few days the fragments are coming together as a whole, to my surprise, as I’ve become increasingly desperate, beating my head against a wall to make two things talk to each other which don’t speak the same language – media archaeology and black feminist studies. In looking for some way to talk about race and technology from a material standpoint, I landed on the concept of the flesh, and have been struggling to theorize from black feminist notions of flesh (beginning with Spillers through Snorton and Musser) to get at this kind of radical potential contained within the flesh, which operates through opacity and surface. In my reading of Black Femininist thinking on the flesh, particularly Snorton, what I found was a capacious way of thinking about the intersection of two registers, of the material (flesh) and cultural/symbolic (race/gender), which I can apply back to my thinking about technology, and the intersecting registers of the digital and analog.