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SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 6

Another approach to reveal the coherences linked to the subject can be observed in Bristow`s writing, Sexuality, where he lists several issues that have not been mentioned so far. One of them is the problem of pornography, which highly relates to the notion of sex shops, and how it is criticised by feminists. As pornography… Continue reading SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 6

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SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 5

Judith Butler in Gender Trouble questions the category of woman, and claims that gender is constructed, it is ‘a free –floating artifice’ (Butler, 1990:6) and is more produced than natural. She also draws parallel between language and sexuality, how linguistic structures shape its perception and offer a platform for its reconstructed association. Many points of… Continue reading SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 5

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SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 4

Both social and cultural factors define how sexuality is perceived by the individual; therefore it is a complex phenomenon as Foucault claimed, rather than a simple biological fact. In Foucault’s History ‘he argues that the apparatus of sexuality is of central importance in the modern play of power’ (Weeks, 1981:6). Weeks observes how Foucault introduces… Continue reading SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 4

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SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 2

The contemporary understandings of sexuality can be traced back to the appearance of what Foucault calls the ‘scientia sexualis’ (Foucault, 1990), when the notion of sexuality turned into something that must be explored and, recorded in order to gain control over it. He argued that sexology was a new discourse of power. By discourse Foucault… Continue reading SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 2

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SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 1

Abstract My dissertation investigates the ways of displaying feminine pleasure within contemporary sex shops in London. I want to illustrate how the notion of sexuality was established and shaped by social discourse in order to gain better understanding of the status of feminine sexuality and its interpretation within a patriarchal society. Over the last two… Continue reading SEXUALITY AND POWER – part 1