On the Affective Force of "Nasty Love"

E.A. Steinbock*

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Tackling the mimetic logic of sex-gender that limits the transsexual subject's sexuality into seeming a poor representation, the author argues that trans pornography and autoethnographic accounts from trans scholars emphasize the affective dimension of trans sex, a material remainder absent from mimetic theories of sexuality. Developing concepts from Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy, in tandem with Morty Diamond's film Trans Entities: The Nasty Love of Papi and Wil (2007) and a selection of trans theorists, this article elaborates on the horizon of affective potential opened by transgender, brown, kinky, and pornographic "nastiness." The event of "nasty love" solicits a differential becoming, growing the edge of self.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-765
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number5
Early online date12 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2014


  • affect studies
  • cultural stereotypes
  • pornumentary
  • process philosophy
  • trans entities


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