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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In Christian societies, sex has been the central object of examination, surveillance, avowal and transformation into discourse” Michel Foucault, Politics Philosophy Culture,  This intersection of the technology of the confession with scientific investigation and discourse has constructed the domain of sexuality within modern societies as being problematic and in need of interpretation.
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 discojrse were deemed as unnatural or abnormal equivalents to the ‘regular’ sexuality of the ‘acceptable’ couple Smart, According to Smartp96Foucault stated that as the seventeenth century drew to a close.
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. Our society has broken with the tradition of ars erotica and bestowed upon itself a scientia sexualis by adapting the ancient procedure of the confession to incltement rules of scientific discourse.
Foucault on Discourses Concerning Sex
Is what first appears to our view really the accentuation or establishment of a regime of sexual repression beginning in the seventeenth century? 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” . This only proliferated these sinful thoughts as people would constantly focus on not having sexual ideas that they occurred more and more.
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. Discours desired to trace the thread through so many centuries that has linked sex and foucaulh search to identify the truth for our societies. Secondly, do the workings of power in our society belong to the category of repression and is power exercised in a general way through prohibition, censorship and incitememt
Use of Silence in Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”
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. The transformation of sex into discourse along with the dissemination and reinforcement of heterogeneous sexualities are all linked together with the help of the central element of the confession which compels individuals to express their sexual peculiarity no matter how extreme it may be Foucault, What knowledge savoir was formed as a result of this linkage?
As a consequence a proliferation of unorthodox sexualities has eventuated. In that manner, sex became confined to the privacy of the home and the procreative couple and at the same time it became an enmeshment of a web of discourses and forms of analysis between the state and individuals Smart, Through the confessional process truth and sex have integrated and knowledge of the subject has evolved Smart, He argued that there was another tendency that became apparent in the increase of sexual discourse Smart, Confession, the examination of the conscience, all the insistence on the important secrets of the flesh, has not been simply a means of prohibiting sex or of repressing it as far as possible from consciousness, but was a means of placing sexuality at the heart of existence and of connecting salvation with the mastery of these obscure movements.
Foucault states that rather than a prudishness of language or a uniform concern to hide sex, what distinguishes these last three centuries is the proliferation of devices that have been invented for speaking about it, having it spoken about, inducing it to speak of itself, for listening, recording, transcribing and re-distributing what is said about it: This occurred as sex became increasingly an object of administration and management through government inquiry.
It stirred up peoples fear as it claimed to tell the truth as it ascribed an imaginary dynasty of evils destined to be passed on for generations Foucault, Foucault argues further by suggesting that it is peculiar to modern societies not to consign sex to a shadowy existence but to speak about it ad infinitum whilst at the same time exploiting it as the secret.
The 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. The increasing frequency of sexual thoughts caused the single discourse of sex to develop foucaut multiple discourses.
Modern society, according to Foucault, “put into operation an entire machinery for producing true discourses concerning sex”. The end result of this ritual produces fundamental changes in the person who expresses it as it exonerates and liberates him with the promise of salvation.
Your email address will not be published. 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. Foucault’s doubts about the conception of repression were stimulated by evidence of an emerging proliferation of discourses on sex since the seventeenth century. Foucault has no patience at all with what is termed the ‘repressive hypothesis’ as he feels that a society cannot be sexually repressed when there is such an incitement to discourse upon this very belief Bristow, Indeed to construct a knowledge of the individual the object of the investigation has become to uncover the truth of sex and to reveal its assumed hidden secret.
The possibility exists that sexual discourses merely served to provide a foundation for imperatives aimed at the eradication of ‘unproductive’ forms of sexuality. The practice is understood and experienced while pleasure is not defined in relation to the permitted or the forbidden. According to Foucault, until Freud, the discourse on sex that scholars and theoreticians engaged in never ceased to hide the thing that they were speaking about and by speaking about it so much, by multiplying it and partitioning it off there was created a screen-discourse, a dispersion avoidance meant to evade the unbearable and too hazardous truth of sex.
Further to this he dispels the idea that sexuality has not been the subject of open discourse. Since Christianity, the Western world has never ceased saying: According to Smartp96Foucault stated that as the seventeenth century drew to a close; “there emerged a political, economic and technical incitement to talk about sex.
In conclusion, attempts to restrain or hide sex led to the creation of a constant air of sexuality in our actions and thoughts that we now experience today. By Roy Hornsby 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. Proudly powered by WordPress. Rather than censorship, what evolved was a regulated and polymorphous incitement to discourse Foucault, He said; “how is it that in a society like ours, sexuality is not simply a means of reproducing the species, the family and the individual?
Was there really a rupture between the age of repression and the critical analysis of repression?
He states that the desire to speak about the repressed nature of sex participated in the very structure that it was seeking to decipher Bristow, Sex became our privileged locus or secret of our being – our truth, and the pursuit is now for the ‘truth of sex’ and the ‘truth in sex’ Smart, Sex has been the central theme of confession from the Christian penance to the psychiatrist’s couch.
Foucaulg deliberately excluding specific details about the situation and by deliberately including information about the frequency and prevalence of similar situations, Foucault changes the impact and interpretation of this story.