chapter  12
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Queer Theory Does It Raw: The Sociopolitical (Un)intelligibility of Barebackers’ Bodies

The vast majority of us owe our existence to sex in which condoms are not used. This fact sits side by side with another, namely that millions have died, and are dying, as a result of sex in which condoms were not used. This paradox might aptly sum up the effect that HIV/AIDS has had on human society: eros, the life-force of our libidinal urges, insists on its proximity to death, and therefore on its own limits. It is in this paradox that the phenomenon christened “barebacking” sits: that of the deliberate abandonment of condoms by men who have sex with other men.