In Chapter Four, “Stroking Keys, I look at cybersex in terms of masochistic jouissance, or the desire to merge completely with the other. I argue that cybersex-like S/M-creates unproductive sexualities that challenge disciplinarity while also immersing them within a disciplinary system. Cybersex disengages knowledge of the self and sexuality, but only by shattering the self and dispensing its shards in a system that is entirely findable and visible. Cybersex, as a new technology of sex, re-configures sex. It also challenges us to think again about the relationship between power and resistance, publicity and privacy, self and other. It re-routes, intensifies, digitizes and obscures the panoptical gaze: it takes light-that which once secured the gaze-and uses it to transport data and makes glass something impossible to see through. In this chapter, I also argue that, in order to best understand transformations to the self, we must hold on to the term human. To do so is not to insist on an ahistorical understanding of human. Rather, it is to acknowledge the history of humanity-to acknowledge the fact that the human has always been in transition, has always been re-configured to account for changes in reproducibility. 

Introduction (pdf)
Chapter One, "First Contact"
Chapter Two, "Pornocracy"
Chapter Three, "High-Tech Orientalism"
Work Cited (pdf)
Appendices (pdf)