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The History of Sexuality 2 by Michel Foucault
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Jul 25, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: critical-theory

This book is one of the few books that actually makes me angry. Foucault abandons his life's work and theory of power so he can glorify man-boy sexual relations in Ancient Greece. I don't care that he has that view of it, but he just becomes one more writer who wants to say it is ok that HE is gay because the Greeks were pedaphiles (not the same thing as gay and a very poor argument by the way). Foucault completely ignores the inherent hierarchy in the man-boy relationship and only at the end of the book does he even mention the hierarichal relationship of men to women in that era, and the mentioning is done without any concern for it. He completely abandons his theory on power from his Volume 1 book so he can advance his own plight to glorify the Greek man-boy sexual relationship.

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