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a womb-shaped wormhole by j/j hastain reviewed at The Big Other

 a womb-shaped wormhole by j/j hastain reviewed at The Big Other

http://bigother.com/2012/01/17/guest-post-carrie-hunter-jj-hastain-and-the-biomimetic-unicorn/

Guest Post: Carrie Hunter–J/J Hastain and the Biomimetic Unicorn
January 17, 2012 by Janey Smith


In a womb-shaped wormhole, j/j hastain examines postmodernities of gender through the central iconography of the unicorn. If a wormhole is phallic, a womb-shaped phallus situates us at the beginning of a new gendering. Here we encounter the erotic as path, as activism; birth into the new virginity. The earth moves, “a tectonic-mid,” not letting the new arise so much as a concurrency with it (17). The omen, the portent “turns psychic roughage/ into emotional and physical/ alcoves” (19). We are slowly introduced to the unicorn, not the well-known unicorn of classical myths, but as a new unicorn born out of a new site of gender depolarizations. Here we have the classical view of feminine purity mixed with the phallic horn. Amongst the multiple representations of gender depolarizations, we see the “femme swagger,” (23) “female semen,” (54) and “the vascularity of surplus/ and need” (58). How the vein is both phallic and womb-reminiscent as it carries one thing to the other is receptacle-like. 

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Book Information:

 

· Paperback: 122 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-075-0

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