Acid Feminism: Gender, psychonautics and the politics of consciousness

Dymock, Alex. 2023. Acid Feminism: Gender, psychonautics and the politics of consciousness. The Sociological Review, 71(4), pp. 817-838. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

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Psychedelic substances have undergone a transformation in the public consciousness over the last 15 years. However, the most influential first-person narratives of psychonauts and ‘scientist-shamans’ navigating the frontiers of consciousness have tended to entirely exclude women’s experiences and voices. Psychedelic feminism, has emerged to signify the role consciousness expansion and experimentation might play in rejuvenating feminism’s collective imagination, and undoing the historical silencing of women’s voices in psychedelic culture and research. Drawing on Mark Fisher’s work on acid communism, the feminist psychedelic humanities, narcofeminism and autobiographical life-writing by women on experimental psychedelic substance use, this article investigates the promise of acid feminism for the wider narcofeminist movement, and its implications for undoing some key precepts endemic in psychedelic culture and research.

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Much of the archival research for this article was funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences [Grant no: 207938/Z/17/Z].


consciousness raising, gender, LSD, narcofeminist politics, psychonauts

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24 March 2023Accepted
1 August 2023Published Online

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08 Aug 2023 08:29

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