1. What does Foucault say sexuality was like in the beginning of the 17th century?
According to Foucault, sexuality was not considered illicit and sexual acts were pursued openly. There was no taboo regarding sex and even children were aware of sexual behavior and not shielded from it.
2. After the beginning of the 17th century, where was sexuality shifted to and for what ends?
As sexuality became more and more taboo it was shifted into the home and became a private matter between married couples. Even between married couples it was still seen only as something to be done for the sake of reproduction.
3. What is the repressive hypothesis?
The repressive hypothesis is the historical theory that sometime after the beginning of the 17th century sexuality was repressed by those in power and we are still fighting the effects of that long repression in our daily lives.
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