A map of this (data) body larger than itself...
…In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that
the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the
map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those
Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds
struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and
which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations,
who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears
had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some
Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of
Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are
Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all
the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.
— Suarez Miranda,Viajes devarones prudentes, Libro IV,Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658
On Exactitude in Science
Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions, translated by Andrew Hurley
The stakes are different for my body, the body of a transwoman, a body upon which so many claims are being made and remade.
Bodies are screens on which we see projected the momentary settlements that emerge from ongoing struggles over beliefs and practices within the academic and medical communities. These struggles play themselves out in arenas far removed from the body.
The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto
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