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Michel Foucault’s “History of Sexuality” is an undertaking in nullification of the was a regulated and polymorphous incitement to discourse (Foucault, ). Incitement to Discourse. In , Foucault asked “how is it that in a society like ours, sexuality is not simply a means of reproducing the species. In Michel Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”, the development of sex as discourse within our society is illustrated beginning in the 17th.

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This occurred as sex became increasingly an object of administration and management through government inquiry. He argued that there was another tendency that became apparent in the increase of sexual discourse Smart, The confession has spread its effects far and wide; fooucault confess our crimes, our sins, our thoughts and our desires.

Silence is strategic because when its presence is acknowledged and recognized, people must think about what is not being said, why it is not being said, and who is not saying it.

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Foucault argues that if the discourses were aimed at eliminating fruitless pleasures then they had failed, for by the nineteenth century a multiple implantation of perversions and a dispersion of sexualities had occurred. The end result of this ritual produces fundamental changes in inditement person who expresses it as it exonerates and liberates him with the promise of salvation. For instance, authors began to take advantage of a new market and write heavily sexualized material.

This society conceived a new type of pleasure as it endeavoured to create the homogeneous truth concerning sex: It is the sanctity accorded to the heterosexual monogamy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that has as its natural consequence the incitement to confession of a multitude of sexual perversions that were deemed as unnatural or abnormal equivalents to the doscourse sexuality of the ‘acceptable’ couple Smart, Nearly one hundred and fifty years have gone into the incktement of the complex machinery for producing true discourses on sex and the enablement of the truth of sex and its pleasures to be embodied in a thing called ‘sexuality’ Foucault, Foucault informs us that historically there have been two main procedures for producing the truth of sex.


The analysis of population demographics led governments to focus on investigations into incitemenr, legitimate and illegitimate births, age of marriage, frequency of sexual relations, fertility and so on.

Incitemnet confession is a ritual of discourse in which the speaking subject is also the subject of the statement and it is also a ritual of power manifested by the presence of another. We confess in public and in private to parents, educators, doctors, loved ones foucalut pleasure and in pain, things that would be impossible to tell anyone else.

Foucault on Discourses Concerning Sex

How has sexuality come to be considered the privileged place where our deepest “truth” is read and expressed? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Through the confessional process truth and sex have integrated and knowledge of the subject has evolved Smart, The immense extortion of the sexual confession came to be constituted in scientific terms in the following ways; a clinical codification of the inducement to speak, the postulate of a general and diffuse causality, the principle of a latency intrinsic to sexuality, the method of interpretation, the medicalisation of the effects of confession Foucault,pp This entry was posted in Uncategorized.

He did this to show that others were not alone in their desires as people were able to connect with and identify with the book. Michel Foucault’s “History of Sexuality” is an undertaking in nullification of the notion that Western society has experienced a repression of sexuality since the seventeenth century.

The other becomes the authority who requires the confession in order to arbitrate upon it. The discourse of truth takes effect finally however, from the one from whom it was wrested and incitwment from the one who receives it Foucault, incitemnet Here, Foucault demonstrates that the presence of silence is planned and organized in that people actively choose and decide what not to say, regardless of whether the silence is driven by personal preference or societal norms or legal requirements.

And not so much in the form of a general theory of sexuality as in the form of analysis, stocktaking, classification and specification, of quantitative or causal studies” [2]. This intersection of the technology of the confession with scientific investigation and discourse has constructed the domain of sexuality within modern societies incitemenh being problematic and in need of interpretation.


Use of Silence in Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”

Foucault’s doubts about the conception of repression were stimulated by evidence of an tl proliferation of discourses on sex since the seventeenth century. Whatever is most difficult to tell we offer up for scrutiny with the greatest precision.

Firstly, is sexual repression an established historical fact? He suggests that non-conjugal, non-monogamous sexualities were not prohibited or eliminated by the power of the discourse of the confessional but that they were incited and multiplied.

His analysis begins with an examination of the widely held belief that in the Victorian era, sexual experience and practice were subjected to a power of repression Smart, Societies such as China, Japan, India, Rome and the Arabo-Muslim societies granted to themselves the ars erotica, and from this erotic art, truth is drawn from the pleasure in itself.

Michel Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”

The effect of these analyses was a grid of observations that related to sexual matters. An instance provided by Foucault is in 18th century secondary schools where explicit statements regarding sex were not socially accepted, but there was a constant focus on sex in the establishments of schools.

That perhaps all of the forms of discourse had as their end the cultivation of a vital population, reproduction of labour capacity and the prevailing social relations. Since Christianity, the Western world has never ceased saying: In Christian societies, sex has been the central object of examination, surveillance, avowal and transformation into discourse” Michel Foucault, Politics Philosophy Culture, [3] This intersection of the technology of the confession with scientific investigation and discourse has constructed incitementt domain of sexuality within modern societies as being problematic and in need of interpretation.

Modern society, according to Foucault, “put into operation an entire machinery for producing true discourses concerning sex”.