What do I know about hormones? They're a familiar part of everyday life. They affect my emotions, sleep patterns, stress levels, desire, sexual and reproductive cycles, experience of aging, immune system and more. I blame them regularly for bad days. But I still understand very little about how this system within my body works. Whilst my grasp of chemistry may be sketchy, I’m increasingly fascinated with the way hormones have been imagined and described, and why attempts to synthesise and control these molecules have been so powerful and compelling.
Hormones are substances that connect: agents of communication within our bodies, and also secretions that travel across different bodies and ecosystems. The development of hormonal medicine – endocrinology – connects horses, pigs, slaughterhouses, glands, piss, prisons, soya beans, frogs, yams, sisal, Puerto Rican and American women, exploitation and liberation through networks of research and extraction for the medical-industrial complex…Read More