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Jillian BakosSWMS 301Professor Eileraas9/13/17Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure within Sex EducationDuring the Victorian era, the focus and appreciation of sex and sexual pleasures shiftedfrom the public light into the private. The bourgeois used their wealth and societal status toconfine sex to the privacy of marriage. Instead of making people less sexual, however, this inturn caused people to become even more sexually perverse, according to Michael Foucault. Heargues 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 andchanges with circumstance. Through the repressive hypothesis, people gained power throughknowledge of their sexual pleasure, and vice versa. Knowledge is power, and using our power toscrutinize and analyze one’s sexual perversions is gaining knowledge, which is also gainingpower. However, while people were becoming more sexual perverse and beginning to exploretheir 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. Becauseteachers and adults have a power relationship over children, and because of the Western outlookon sex – Scientia Sexualis - sex education for young adults is limited and controlled whichcauses them to explore themselves and each other in, sometimes unsafe, different ways.