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Paper #1 SWMS 301 9/17/2018 Sevara Razzakova The Relationship Between Sex, Power, Pleasure and Knowledge Discourse on sex was repressed between 17 th and 20 th centuries in western societies. In seventeens century it was shameful to talk about sex, discourse on sex was only accepted between married, heterosexual couples. However, Foucault believes that repressive hypothesis that was originated during Victorian era had an opposite effect and it became the foundation for the discourse on sex nowadays. In his book, The History of Sexuality , Foucault is widely using word “discourse”. For him, word discourse has much deeper meaning than discussion. He says that the main problem “ is not to determine whether one says yes or no to sex…but to account for the fact that it is spoken about, to discover who does the speaking, the positions and viewpoints from which they speak.” (Foucault, 11) It is important to have a clear picture on how the terms sex, power, pleasure and knowledge are closely intertwined between each other, since they play significant role in human’s sexual aspects of life.

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