The History of Sexuality: An introduction
Michel Foucault's 'The History of Sexuality' pioneered queer theory. In it he builds an argument grounded in a historical analysis of the word "sexuality" against the common thesis that sexuality always has been repressed in Western society. Quite the contrary: since the 17th century, there has been a fixation with sexuality creating a discourse around sexuality. It is this discourse that has created sexual minorities. In 'The History of Sexuality', Foucault attempts to disprove the thesis that Western society has seen a repression of sexuality since the 17th century and that sexuality has been unmentionable, something impossible to speak about. In the 70s, when the book was written, the sexual revolution was a fact. The ideas of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, saying that to conserve your mental health you needed to liberate your sexual energy, were popular. The past was seen as a dark age where sexuality had been something forbidden.
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Review: The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction (The History of Sexuality #1)User Review - Jed - Goodreads
A sociological/philosophical/historical book which takes aim at the generally accepted theory that Western culture as a whole has suffered from Puritannical sexual repression for the last few hundered ... Read full review
Review: The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction (The History of Sexuality #1)User Review - Jana - Goodreads
First read this before all the Freud (which I'll get back to reviewing some other time) and then again a few years later and got even more out of it. My copy of this book is so marked up and tagged ... Read full review