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Curiously, the editors could only come up with four, of which one, Michel Foucault’s . An Incitement to Discourse: Sociology and The History of Sexuality. o. 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. The Archaeology of Knowledge (and The Discourse on Language). The Birth of the by Michel Foucault Chapter 1 The Incitement to Discourse. Chapter 2.

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What are the links between these discourses, these effects of power, and the pleasures that were invested by them? Foucault’s doubts about the conception of repression were stimulated by evidence of an emerging proliferation of discourses on sex since the seventeenth century.

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. The dominant agency does not reside within the constraint of the person who speaks but rather within toucault one who listens and says nothing; neither does it reside icitement the one who knows and answers but within the one who questions and is not supposed to know.

Further to this he dispels the idea that sexuality has not been the subject of open discourse. Not any less was said about it; on the contrary. 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.

In Christian societies, sex has been the central object of examination, surveillance, avowal and transformation into discourse” Michel Foucault, Politics Philosophy Culture, [3]. Finally, the BeDazzler-ified race performances Nakamura describes underscore the ways in which identity has become inextricable from capitalist consumerist choice.

This entry was posted in Section 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 ‘regular’ sexuality of the ‘acceptable’ couple Smart, The effect of these analyses was a grid of observations that related to sexual matters.


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. Is what first appears to our view really the accentuation or establishment of a regime of sexual repression beginning in the seventeenth century? From the s to the s.

Foucault on Discourses Concerning Sex

Through the confessional process truth and sex have integrated and knowledge of the subject has evolved Smart, The increasing frequency of sexual thoughts caused the single discourse of sex to develop into multiple discourses.

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Mel Stanfill Bringing Foucault to fandom since Foucault initially directed his work on sexuality to questions such as these although there was evidence from the seventeenth century onward of a whole new set of proprietary rules in the domain of sexuality and a growing sense of prohibition, censorship and fuocault silencing of foucautl discussion.

The analysis of population demographics led governments to focus on investigations into birthrate, legitimate and illegitimate births, age of marriage, frequency of sexual relations, fertility and so on. 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, The ‘Right to Reconciliation’ or the ‘confession’, the history of which may be traced back to the first centuries of Christianity, was the technique at the centre of this production of truth about sex.

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 discouree re-distributing what is said about it: The immense extortion of diwcourse sexual confession came to be constituted in discourrse terms in the following ways; a clinical codification of the inducement to speak, the postulate of a general and diffuse causality, tne principle of a latency intrinsic to sexuality, the method of interpretation, the medicalisation of the effects of confession Foucault,pp 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, Sex has always been the forum where both the future of our species and foucajlt “truth” as human subjects is decided.


He argued that there was another tendency that became apparent in the increase of sexual discourse Smart, What knowledge savoir was formed as a result of this linkage? Alfred Hitchcock Meets Gayle Rubin.

Michel Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”

The other becomes the authority who requires the confession in order to arbitrate upon it. 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. This only proliferated these sinful thoughts as people would constantly focus on not having sexual ideas that they occurred more and more. Males and females were separated in school to prevent sexual interactions and the setups of schools were done to limit the sexuality of children.

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. Not simply a means to obtain pleasure and enjoyment? What were the incirement of power generated by what was said?

It began to be spoken about from the rarified and neutral viewpoint of science, a science that refused to speak of sex itself but spoke of aberrations, perversions, exceptional oddities, pathological abatements and morbid aggravations.

According to Smartp96Foucault stated that as the seventeenth century drew to a close. He did this to show that others were hhe alone in their desires as people were able to connect with and identify with the book.