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Beyond SexualityReview - Beyond Sexuality
by Tim Dean
University of Chicago Press, 2000
Review by Sundeep Nayak, M.D.
Jan 26th 2002 (Volume 6, Issue 4)

'Most people can't comprehend why anyone would risk death for a good fuck (as) unsafe sex appears as inconceivably self-destructive behavior.'

Complex questions have difficult answers and merit structured analyses. Beyond Sexuality gives contemporary sexual analysis new direction. Jacques-Marie-Emile Lacan was a challenging French forensic psychiatrist - coupling Lacan theory with Foucault rising, Tim Dean enjoins the insatiable reader in a walk down the cobbled uneasy path of queer theory. Veering from radical politics ('Twice as many Americans were killed by AIDS in the first nine years of the epidemic as were claimed in the nine years of the Vietnam war.') to radical emotions (an exposition on the deheterosexualization of desire, the concept of jouissance as an omnipresent motif), you are in for a bumpy read unless you want to listen to the psychoanalysand within.

While AIDS has indeed restructured gay ecology, it has stoked several sleeping giants (civil liberties, safe-sex education, federal drug policy) and steeped into the fabric of popular culture (cameos by Dennis Hopper's character malficience and the origin of Madonna's dance moves). To distill these into a variegated paperback is no mean feat but Mr. Dean is up to the task of assembling his textured prose.

After roundly mocking the ever-expanding self-help section of every generic strip mall corporate bookselling chain, Mr. Dean starts with an introduction to Lacan 's works. Thereafter, he immediately addresses the concept of transgenderists as gender outlaws - 'anyone who expresses dissatisfaction with the normative exigencies of masculinity or femininity (and refuse) to conform with the appearance or reality of either sex'. This gestates a rich discussion on the concept of reality and the misidentification of transvestism with homosexuality. The psychoanalysis of AIDS that follows dissects the cultural and political name-calling wrought over the natural history of the epidemic from its birth to the current time in an objective manner. Especially keen are Dean's insights into the dearth of mourning (a la Hamlet), survivor guilt, and jouissance (bliss) as an elaboration of the pleasure principle. Perhaps the most provocative chapter deals with safe-sex education and the death drive. While such life threatening practices as smoking, drinking, and drug abuse must be indulged repeatedly over a substantial period before they are likely to cause harm, HIV infection can result from a single unprotected encounter. Safe-sex education tends to remain in the parking lot even as it is abundantly clear that preventing HIV from being endemic to gay populations would help dissociate homosexuality from undesirable connotations of disease and pathology. In the chapter 'Bodies that Mutter' is laid bare an exposition of homographesis and the cultural association of homosexuality with narcissism (both involve love of the same). In conjoining Lacan and queer theory, Dean involves concepts of normativity, perversion, the impersonality of desire, repressive hypothesis, the ideology of lack, sexuality versus genitality, the logic of fantasy and finally (gasp!) the triumph of love.

Beyond Sexuality is not for those who with a mere passing acquaintance with psychoanalysis but a delectable treat for anyone interested in queer theory. Bold, fascinating and provocative, it is a labor of love that pushes you back to the drawing board.

Read more in:

Dean T, Lane, C (Eds.): Homosexuality and the Problem of Otherness, University of Chicago Press, 2001

Lacan J: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book 11), W. W. Norton and Company, 1998

Lane C (Ed.): The Psychoanalysis of Race, Columbia University Press, New York, 1998.

Leader D, Groves J, Appignanesi (Eds.): Introducing Lacan, Totem Books. 2000

Valente J (Ed.): Quare Joyce, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2001.

© 2002 Sundeep Nayak

Dr. Nayak is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology in the University of California School of Medicine San Francisco and his interests include mental health, medical ethics, and gender studies. A voracious reader and intrepid epicure, he enjoys his keyboards too much.


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