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History of Sexuality Outline NotesPart I: We “Other Victorians”:Imperial Prude: ImageSexual practices had little secrecyoTolerant familiarity with the illicitoPeriod when bodies made a display of themselvesConjugal family took custody of sexualityoAbsorbed into serious function of reproductionoSex = silenceoLegitimate/procreative couple laid down the lawCouple imposed itself as modelEnforce norm“safeguard truth”Reserve right to speakoSafeguard the truthoReserve right to speak while retaining secrecySingle locus of sexuality is acknowledged in social space / heart of householdVagueoAvoid contact w other bodiesoVerbal decency sanitizes speechChildren have no sex – forbidden to talk about itoGeneral and studied silence was imposedBrothel and Mental Hospital: places to make room for illegitimate sexualitiesoPlace to reintegrate into production/profitDiscourse on modern sexual repression holds up welloHistorical and political guarantee protects itoDevelopment of capitalism / bourgeois orderSex is repressed bc it is incompatible w a general and intensive work imperativeAnalyze the repression of sexoSexual causeoDemand for sexual freedomoKnowledge to be gained from sex and right to speak abt itoHonor of a political causeSex is placed on agenda for the futureRelationship between sex and power in terms of repressionoSpeaker’s benefitoSex is repressed / condemned to prohibition, nonexistence and silenceSpeaking about it deliberately is a transgressionoDue to this there have been decades of difficulty discussing sexConscious of defying established power
We know we are being subversiveAppeal to the futureRepressed sex is not just theoreticalStatement of oppression and the form of the sermon refer back to one anotheroMutually reinforcingWhy was sex associated with sin for so long?Why is sex something to hide?Why is it something we silence?REPRESSIVE HYPOTHESISCentral Issue: not to determine whether one says yes or no to sex, but to:oAccount for who said itoThat it was spoken aboutoThe positions and viewpoints from which they speakoThe institutions which prompt people to speak about itoWhich institutions store and distribute the things that are saidIssue: sex is put into discoursePart II: The Repressive Hypothesis1.The Incitement to DiscourseoSteady proliferation of discourses concerned with sexSpecific discoursesDifferent by form and their objectoGreatest reserve was counseled when dealing with sings against purityoLanguage refined but scope of confession (scope of flesh) continually increasedCounter Reformation oUnder authority of a languageSex taken charge ofTracked downoImportant point: obligation was decreed for “every good Christian”Confess to acts contravening the lawTransform your desire into discourse

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