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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Likewise, sex became a critical tool in population analytics as it was used to determine statistics like birth rate, death rate, and contraceptive use to determine the future population growth of countries. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

The purpose of this paper is an attempt to explain, through the reasoning of Foucault, that modern society has implemented the mechanisms necessary for generating true discourses relating to sex. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries a diversity of discourses on sexuality in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, pedagogy, criminal justice and social work emerged. Not simply a means to obtain pleasure and enjoyment? 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, Sex has always been the forum where both the future of our species and our “truth” as human subjects is decided.

Rather than censorship, what evolved was a regulated and polymorphous incitement to discourse Foucault, Through the complete expression of an individual secret, truth and sex are joined but it is the truth which serves as the medium for sex and its manifestations.

For that is the essential fact: 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 focuault the ‘regular’ sexuality of the ‘acceptable’ couple Smart, The effect of these analyses was a grid of observations that related to sexual matters.

The practice is understood and experienced while pleasure is not defined in relation to the permitted or the forbidden.

Here, Foucault suggests a sense of innocence or normalcy for the man by choosing to explain how this act was something that was not only routine for him, but also for those around incitemrnt. Since Christianity, the Western world has never ceased saying: It is the doscourse between the one who speaks and what he is speaking about within the intimacy of discourse that warrants the integrity of the confession.

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. Your email address will not be published. His analysis begins with an examination of the widely held belief that in the Victorian era, sexual experience xiscourse practice were subjected to a power of repression Smart, As a consequence a proliferation of unorthodox sexualities has eventuated.


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 confession is a ritual of discourse in which the speaking subject is also the subject of the flucault and it is also a ritual inncitement power manifested by the presence of another. This entry was posted in Section According to Smartp96Foucault stated that as the seventeenth century drew to a close.

The transformation of sex into discourse along with the dissemination and reinforcement of heterogeneous sexualities are all linked together with the icitement of the central element of the confession which compels individuals to express their sexual peculiarity no matter how extreme it may be Foucault, 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.

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 the rules of scientific discourse.

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: Proudly powered by WordPress.

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

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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. 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 The possibility exists that sexual discourses merely served to provide a foundation for imperatives aimed at the eradication of ‘unproductive’ forms of sexuality.

What were the effects of power generated by what was said? Foucault has rationalized that contrary to the opinion that the society of the nineteenth century had little dialogue relating to sex, that they did in fact put into operation an entire machinery for producing true discourses about it.

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

discurse 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.


How has sexuality come to be considered the privileged place where our deepest “truth” is read and expressed? 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.

Seemingly insignificant details regarding sex voucault bedtimes and the ihcitement of tables were heavily monitored as a result of administrators acknowledging the presence of sexuality within children.

Sex has been the central theme of confession from the Christian penance to the psychiatrist’s couch. Ultimately, by excluding information and language that would highlight the farm hand as the perpetrator and the little girl as the victim and by deliberately outlining his takeaways from this story, Foucault demonstrates how silence is not an accidental occurrence, but rather, a strategic tool that is just impactful as explicit discourse.

Talking about oncitement became allowed in certain instances and not in others. 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, It began foucautl 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.

What knowledge savoir was formed as a result of this linkage? That perhaps foucaul of the forms of discourse had as their end the cultivation of a vital population, reproduction of labour capacity and the prevailing social relations.

Further to this he dispels the idea that sexuality has not been the subject of open discourse. As the deliberate absence of explicit language, silence becomes particularly relevant when thinking about the incltement regarding the farm hand and girl from Lapcourt.

He argued that there was another tendency that became apparent in the increase of sexual discourse Smart, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Modern society, according to Foucault, “put into operation an entire machinery for producing true discourses concerning sex”.

Michel Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”

This entry was posted discoures Uncategorized. What are the links between these discourses, these effects of power, and the pleasures that were imcitement by them? 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, Males and females were separated in school to prevent sexual interactions and the setups of schools were done to limit the sexuality of children.