SCIENTISTS IMPLANT LAB-GROWN VAGINAS: PSYCHOANALYSTS AND DIALECTICIANS RESPOND INCOMPREHENSIBLY
(Winston-Salem) An advance sure to rustle psychoanalysts and dialecticians, North Carolina scientists at The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine have successfully grown and implanted vaginas in four cis-gendered teen girls afflicted by Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which results in, “an underdeveloped vagina and uterus.” Lead researcher Anthony Atala explains, “The new organs functioned normally, including during sex, and their tissue was indistinguishable from the native tissue”; he clarifies “normally functioning organs” thus:
“We noted no long-term postoperative surgical complications. Yearly serial biopsies showed a tri-layered structure, consisting of an epithelial cell-lined lumen surrounded by matrix and muscle, with expected components of vaginal tissue present. Immunohistochemical analysis confirmed the presence of phenotypically normal smooth muscle and epithelia. The MRIs, which showed the extent of the vaginal aplasia before surgery, showed the engineered organs and the absence of abnormalities after surgery, which was confirmed with yearly vaginoscopy. A validated self-administered Female Sexual Function Index questionnaire showed variables in the normal range in all areas tested, such as desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and painless intercourse.”
The two hour procedure that is not yet FDA-approved would surely become the go-to procedure for transgender individuals who seek sex organ plastic surgery/gender reassignment.
From a psychoanalytic view adapted from philosophers Deleuze and Guattari’s work on Lacan, this ‘partial-object’ in a dialectic with the (Lacanian) phallus, the ‘lack’/objet petit a apparently appears as if positive thru the “labor of the negative”/negation of negation (Hegel) that more-or-less follows from the formulation, “bricks that have been shattered to bits, and leftovers… We no longer believe in a primordial totality that once existed, or in a final totality that awaits us at some future date,” (Anti-Oedipus, 83) where the representation of vagina As-Such is taken as-if in a dialectical ought circuit that figures it as, at once, the floating signifier and phallic signifier, a “doubled phallus” that approaches in minimal difference that nevertheless exceeds ‘objet petit a’ by (re)articulating the vagina as presence achieved as partial-object through dialectic: “Self-consciousness is faced by another self-consciousness; it has come out of itself. This has a twofold significance: first, it has lost itself, for it finds itself as an other being; secondly, in doing so it has superseded the other, for it does not see the other as an essential being, but in the other sees its own self” (The Phenomenology Of Spirit, 111), or to use Deleuzian language “becoming-vaginal.”
Elaboration on the hysterical subject of Late Capitalism as both minimal unit of critique (and reflexivity) and, generally, relative exchangeability could continue the preceding observation.