Objects & Places from The History of Sexuality: An Introduction

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A historical construct quite distinct from sex or the physical experience of coitus consisting of a network of the stimulation of bodies, the intensification of pleasures, and the incitement to discourse, which forms a special knowledge. Thus, this object varies by time and place.


Unlike the traditional interpretation of this concept in hierarchical structures, Foucault envisions this as a vast sociological construction full of numerous points of concentration that all vie constantly for supremacy. The various relationships between these points are a type of force, and the aggregate of the forces forms this object.

"My Secret Life"

This is the title of an autobiographic text written and published in the latter part of the 19th century by an anonymous, male author. It was published in eleven parts and enjoyed huge popular success. It scrupulously details the erotic adventures of a libertine man, describing sexual acts, thoughts...

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