The ‘Non-Human Sex’ in Sexuality: ‘What are Your Special Desiring-machines?’

Gregg Lambert

in Deleuze and Sex

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642618
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671755 | DOI:
The ‘Non-Human Sex’ in Sexuality: ‘What are Your Special Desiring-machines?’

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This chapter discusses how sexuality is situated in its multiple machinic interconnections with social and political desiring-machines. In place of the psychoanalytic anthropomorphisations of sexuality which search for answers to the mystery of sexual functions in the familial and unconscious, Deleuze and Guattari explore the machinic element of desire, that is, the ‘non-human sex in sexuality’. Answers to Deleuze and Guattari's questions about sexuality must respond to questions of how it works, what other machines it is it connected with and from where it draw its energy. Such questions, which point to sexuality as machinic rather than organic, Lambert points out, can be understood alongside Marx's rejection of the image of the state as organism. Lambert focuses on how such desiring-machines function and fail, how they become restricted and revolutionary, and on how the importance of examining them matters.

Keywords: Nonhuman; Desiring machines; Marx; Politics

Chapter.  7999 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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