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Foucault’s Second Doubt: Prescription vs Repression The nature of relationships and power dynamics of a society are reflected in its individuals’ discursive practices, particularly when it pertains to sex. This is known as the repressive hypothesis and was coined by French philosopher Michel Foucalt in order to highlight “three serious doubts”. The historico-rhetorical question is the second of these doubts, and it begs the question “do the workings of power, and in particular those mechanisms that are brought into play in societies such as ours, really belong primarily to the category of repression?” (Mod.2, pg.7). Through this expression of doubt, Foucalt discusses that as opposed to prevention, repression can lead to the incentivization of committing unwanted acts. Therefore, prescription is cited as a far better method of deterrence from the unwanted act, since despite likely leading to the same result as repression, it does not prohibit the individual from any action. People have a natural tendency to want to do what they are not permitted to, which makes it possible that prohibition is far less effective than prescription as a method of deterrence. Teenagers often highlight this in their efforts to try new things, such as alcohol and drug substances. These are prohibited by parents and society and so this develops a curiosity within the child to utilize them as a result. A better-suited alternative would be to provide awareness on the consequences of using such substances, as this informs the child of the consequences on them should they carry out such actions against the wishes of the parents.
The Penis vs The Vagina: Identification of the “One” and the “Other” Despite improvement in gender equality in the modern era, to this day people continue to have varying outlooks regarding their expectations of men and women. “Facts

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