Michel Foucault: The Repression Of Human Sexuality

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In The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault, a philosopher, historian, and social theorist, established his controversial hypothesis concerning the repression of human sexuality. Foucault’s Repressive Hypothesis states that since the Victorian era, pleasurable expenditures of energy towards human sexuality is spurned against (Foucault 3). As a prominent result of this era, human sexuality was modified to pertain to private and practical matters that should only occur between a husband and wife (37). In his repressive hypothesis, Foucault emphasizes the development of sexual outlets, often through religious confession, where through ars erotica, one’s private eroticism and sexuality identity could be discussed “safely” (57). In theory, sex, except for the purposes of reproduction transpires as taboo. According to Foucault’s hypothesis, the only way to liberate ourselves from sexual repression is to express and vocalize our sexuality (Foucault 8). In the entirety of this class, I find Foucault’s Repressive Hypothesis fascinating as it correlates to modern sexuality. With the influential division between the physical aspect of sex and the mental component of sexuality, Foucault from my personal bias would still recognize that sex is still private and considered taboo, but human sexuality has become an endless condition. In modern society, sex is talked about openly, undividedly, and often without limitations. If this wasn 't the case, would courses analyzing culture and
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