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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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. 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.

During the nineteenth century Western civilizations developed a scientia sexualis the goal of which was to produce true discourses on sex. 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 ti an entire machinery for producing true discourses about it.

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Sex has always been the forum where both the future of our species tl our “truth” as human subjects is decided. Foucault foicault to trace the thread through so inncitement centuries that has linked sex and the search to identify the truth incite,ent our societies.

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 him. Foucault shatters the illusion that from the Middle Ages onward a prudish Victorian culture did everything that it could to silence sexuality when he claims that sexuality was, in that period, the subject of immense verbosity. He said; “how is it infitement in a society like ours, sexuality is not simply a means of reproducing the species, the family and the individual?

Sex has been the central theme of confession from the Christian penance to the psychiatrist’s couch. We confess in public and in private to parents, educators, doctors, loved ones in pleasure and in pain, things that would be impossible to tell anyone else.

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.

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.


Michel Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse” | ENGL – Methods of Literary and Cultural Study

Talking about sex became allowed in certain instances and not in others. 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 general silencing of sexual discussion.

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. Rather than censorship, what evolved was a regulated and polymorphous incitement to discourse Foucault, The dominant agency does not reside within the constraint of the person who speaks but rather within the one who listens and says nothing; neither does it reside within the one who knows and answers but within the one who questions and is not supposed to know.

Foucault’s doubts about the conception of repression were stimulated by evidence of an emerging proliferation of discourses on sex since the seventeenth century. 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.

This only proliferated these sinful thoughts as people would foucaylt focus on not having sexual ideas that they occurred more and more. Foucault informs us that historically there have been two main procedures for producing the truth of sex. He states that the desire to speak about the repressed nature of sex participated in the very focuault that it was seeking to decipher Bristow, Foucault exemplifies this with sex by describing how the Catholic church required that you confess your sexual thoughts and desires as sins.

Parent as “Power and Sex,” in Telos 32pp. As the deliberate absence of explicit language, silence becomes particularly relevant when thinking about the story regarding the farm hand and girl from Lapcourt. Was there really a rupture between the incitmeent of repression and the critical analysis of repression?

Confession, the examination of the conscience, all the inctiement 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. Is what first appears to our view really the accentuation or establishment of a regime of sexual disocurse beginning in the seventeenth century?

Firstly, is sexual repression an established historical fact?


The confession has spread its effects far and wide; we confess our crimes, our sins, our thoughts and our desires. 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.

In Christian societies, sex has been the central object of examination, surveillance, avowal and transformation into discourse” Michel Foucault, Politics Philosophy Culture, [3]. Nearly one hundred and fifty years have gone into the making of the complex machinery for producing true discourses on sex and the enablement of the truth of sex and its pleasures to be embodied in a thing called ‘sexuality’ Foucault, 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.

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.

This occurred as sex became increasingly an object of administration and management through government inquiry. 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.

Michel Foucault’s “The Incitement to Discourse”

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Incitementt 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, His final question asks, does the critical discourse that addresses itself to repression act as a block to the power mechanism that has operated unchallenged to this point or is it in fact a part of the same thing that it denounces and misrepresents by calling it ‘repression’?

This society conceived a new type of pleasure as it endeavoured to create the inncitement truth concerning sex: The discourse of truth takes effect finally however, from the one from whom it was wrested and not from the one who receives it Foucault, Not simply a means to obtain pleasure and enjoyment?