The Body

The human body—the “thing” that accompanies us wherever we go—is central to most of the burning questions in our culture’s collective mind. The body is just there. And, for that very reason, we are putting it to the test as we reject, starve, exploit, re-build—chemically, surgically, digitally, cybernetically—and finally incinerate it. Though we have been at this for centuries, what has become clearer in recent years is that the dominion of nature at large has at last become the dominion of our incarnate nature. This four-part series addresses major contemporary issues concerning the body, including pornography, virtual reality, beauty, cremation, gender identity, sexuality, infertility, courtship and dating, as well as suffering, illness and death.