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Infectious Rhythm by Barbara Browning

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SEVEN

Cyberspace, Voodoo Sex, and Retroviral Identity

 

 

 

 

If violent conflagrations like the L.A. riots have forced us to reconfigure our ways of thinking about individual and group identity, so has AIDS. In particular, the ostensibly controlling mechanism of “risk group” epidemiology forces us to locate ourselves within or without the racial and sexual communities most profoundly impacted by the virus. But HIV has, precisely by crossing communities, begged the question of the way we categorize populations, and see ourselves as identifiable, even unto ourselves. Simultaneously, racial and sexual identities appear to be breaking down in another universe of “promiscuous communication” and border crossing: cyberspace. The architects and city ...

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