Genital*Panic (2021)

Genital*Panic (2021)

Genital*Panic (2021)

An essay by

Genital*Panic (2021)
Mary Maggic

Since the rise of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, we all live in a highly polluted world deeply tied to patriarchal capitalism. In an attempt to get an analytical grasp on how chemical pollution has become intertwined with our bodies, scientists have used the anogenital distance, abbreviated in English as AGD, or the distance between anus and genitals that we also call perineum, as a biometric measure for assessing hormonal/endocrine toxicity. 

The results show that AGD has steadily decreased over time. In the wake of this hormonal disruption, it is clear that our bodies are not as fixed and permanent as we want and think.
For artist Mary Maggic, the steady poisoning and its negative impact on human reproduction also offers an opportunity to (re)think about the "normative" body, and about how "disobedient" bodies continue to be pathologized in patriarchal capitalism - from the medicalization of infants with ambiguous genitalia to the disqualification of intersex athletes based on biology. 

With Genital*Panic, Maggic challenges these guidelines, and the normative control that accompanies them. The project consists of an installation and a manifesto through which she proposes a queer-feminist population study that prefers users' gender identity to their gender assignment by doctors. Those who want can contribute anonymously to the Alien Genital Database using an online 3D scanning tool. This Alien Genital Database deconstructs the ways science is done and categories are determined and serves as a basis for redefining genital aesthetics and classifications for the toxic era. Sharing your AGD with this database helps dismantle the control of otherness, acknowledges bodies as changeable in this changing toxic landscape, and creates space for toxic variations and for all the aliens living among us. This is how we write our own future...