Body modifications have a subversive potential. You can either reproduce ideals of beauty or you can break with them.
From a cyber-feminist perspective (cf. Donna Haraway, VNS Matrix, Rosi Braidotti, among others), for example, body modifications are not here to conform to a cis-hetero norm, but rather to overcome it through self-optimization. A kind of body hacking. Becoming a cyborg. I am thinking of the Quimera Rosa Collective and their project “Trans*plant”, a process that involves a transitioning (with intravenously injected chlorophyll) between humans and plants. How can I modify my body with nature and technology and thereby break with the binary “human-nature“, a core precept of colonial relating?
But the first body change is actually to not understand the body as the embodiment of a gender. To separate the gender from the body. Queering the body. This is how the artist Anna Marcus, my partner, and I started the work INCLUSION (2018). We developed non-binary toilet signs for cultural and art institutions that depict what is in fact to be found in the toilet room, instead of which bodies are "allowed" to enter the space.