Paul B. Preciado

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Paul B. Preciado (born Beatriz Preciado, 11 September 1970, Burgos, Spain) is a writer, philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. An Honors Graduate and Fulbright Fellow, he earned a M.A. in Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York where he studied with Agnes Heller and Jacques Derrida. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University.

His first book, Counter-Sexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press) was acclaimed by French critics as “the red book of queer theory” and became a key reference for European queer and trans activism. He is the author of Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics (The Feminist Press) and Pornotopia (Zone Books) for which he was awarded the Sade Price in France.

He has been Head of Research of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) from 2011 to 2014. He has taught Philosophy of the Body and Transfeminist Theory at Université Paris VIII-Saint Denis and at New York University. From 2014 to 2017 he was Curator of Public Programs of documenta 14 (Kassel/Athens). He is a writer in residency at the LUMA Foundation, Arlès, France.

Paul B. Preciado lives between Athens, Paris, and Barcelona. (2019)



  • Beatriz Preciado, Manifeste contra-sexuel, trans. Marie-Hélène Bourcier, Paris: Balland, 2000, 157 pp. (French)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Manifiesto contra-sexual: prácticas subversivas de identidad sexual, trans. Julio Diaz and Carolina Meloni, Madrid: Opera Prima, 2002, 176 pp. (Spanish)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Manifesto contra-sessuale, Il Dito e la Luna, 2002, 160 pp; repr., Rome: Fandango, 2022, 237 pp. Publisher. (Italian)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Kontrasexuelles Manifest, afterw. Marie-Hélène Bourcier, trans. Stephan Geene, Katja Diefenbach and Tara Herbst, Berlin: b-books, 2003, 180 pp. Publisher. (German)
    • Beatriz Preciado, Manifesto contrassexual: práticas subversivas de identidade sexual, trans. Maria Paula Gurgel Ribeiro, São Paulo: n-1, 2014, 223 pp. Review: Ribeiro & Teofilo (RLAGG). (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Paul B. Preciado, Countersexual Manifesto, trans. Kevin Gerry Dunn, forew. Jack Halberstam, Columbia University Press, 2018, xvi+216 pp, EPUB. (English)
    • Paul B. Preciado (ポール・B.プレシアド), Kauntāsekkusu sengen [カウンターセックス宣言], trans. Kazuisa Fujimoto, Tokyo: Hōseidaigakushuppankyoku (法政大学出版局), 2022, 236+76 pp. (Japanese)
  • Beatriz Preciado, with Del LaGrace Volcano, Sex Works 1979-2005: From Love Bites to Postporn, Tübingen: Konkursbuch, 2006, 159 pp. Book of photographs by Del LaGrace Volcano. (English)
  • Paul B. Preciado, Feminazis, Mexico City: Gato Negro, and miau, 2021, 64 pp. Publisher. (Spanish)
    • Feminazis, Mexico City: Gato Negro, and miau, 2021, 64 pp. [7] (English)
    • Féminazies, Mexico City: Gato Negro, and miau, 2021, 64 pp. [8] (French)

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