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The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault is meant to be a critique of our social period in particular the belief that sex especially discourses about sex have been repressed Instead Foucault suggests that sex was never actually repressed and thats just what the Repressive Hypothesis wants us to think His description of a discourse is associated inexplicably to power knowledge and pleasure Scientia sexualis is the term Foucault uses to describe the tendency of our culture to create discourse around the actual subject of sex as an objective scientific and biological truth Foucault describes two great procedures for producing the truth of sex The first which our culture is direly lacking is called ars erotica Societies such as Japan China and India produce truth from pleasure itself derived from the erotic act 57 With regard to this procedure sex is seen as an art a unique experience and not something dirty or prohibited Therefore sex loses both its pleasure and power if talked about The other procedure for constructing the truth of sex is Scientia sexualis which derives truth of sex strictly from a knowledge-power relationship As one can plainly see these two procedures appear to be in direct opposition to one another In our culture we rely on the act of confession as a ritual for cleansing ourselves of our misbehaviors including those of a sexual nature Foucault argues that it is the ritual of confessing which deems sex as something that needs to be hidden or repressed not only from the confessee but from the confessor as well Only the fact that a discourse has been created to talk about whats hidden suggests that sex has never really been repressed at all Originally in the 15th Century up until the late 18th Century confession used to be the one place where it was looked highly upon to talk about every bad sexual thing you had done But when the Church realized that
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