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Jillian Bakos SWMS 301 Professor Eileraas 9/13/17 Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure within Sex Education During the Victorian era, the focus and appreciation of sex and sexual pleasures shifted from the public light into the private. The bourgeois used their wealth and societal status to confine sex to the privacy of marriage. Instead of making people less sexual, however, this in turn caused people to become even more sexually perverse, according to Michael Foucault. He argues that within knowledge, there is power, and within both of those there exists pleasure. Power is not an object to be obtained or managed, it is simply something that always exists and changes with circumstance. Through the repressive hypothesis, people gained power through knowledge of their sexual pleasure, and vice versa. Knowledge is power, and using our power to scrutinize and analyze one’s sexual perversions is gaining knowledge, which is also gaining power. However, while people were becoming more sexual perverse and beginning to explore their sexual identities more, children and adolescents were heavily excluded from this discourse. It was up to parents and educators to inform children on sex – or so they believed. Because teachers and adults have a power relationship over children, and because of the Western outlook on sex – Scientia Sexualis - sex education for young adults is limited and controlled which causes them to explore themselves and each other in, sometimes unsafe, different ways.

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