- Grounded in the body but meanings are to be understood within public,
political, economic and social contexts.
- Historically specific variable across time and space.
o Flexibility about how one expressed their sexuality.
o Sexuality was accommodated
o Victorian ideas of sexuality silenced it.
- A ‘discourse’- ideas and practices that produced and transmit knowledge
within a matrix of power relations.
o He asks who defines what normal sex actually is, and what it entails.
o Understand sex and sexuality in the context of power relations.
- Conceptualization of sexuality create sexual categories as ‘normal’
‘pathological’ or perverse
- The sex of person one partner with defines one’s identity.
o Ones sexuality defines ones gender
o Curiosities made people break the rules because they were contained
- Such categorization makes management of sexuality necessary
- Constructions along the axes of: knowledge, power of regulation, creating,
and sexual subjects.
o Give power to humans and then take it away through containment.
- Mary Douglas- body as metaphor for society; reflects social and concerns and
anxieties about social boundaries.
o The body as a model for society
- Social pollution
o External boundaries
o Internal lines
o Margins of lines
- Power and danger inheres in above/societal spaces.
- Woman is seen as a gatekeeper who can either pollute a social group or keep
the behaviour regulated.
Management of Sexuality
- Rules and taboos and underlying values
o Bedouin sexuality does not belong to an individual, it belong to the