michel foucaults ideas on sexuality

 Michel Foucault’s ideas on Sexuality The photograph, The Park, taken by the artist Yoshiyuki showing an act of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman reveals the act of love and sexuality during nights at secret places in the parks of big city Tokyo. The artist work is an indicative of sexual relationships in solitude as a dire need of a man and a woman.

How does the work of Yoshiyuki relates to Foucult’s idea of repression hypothesis.According to Foucult, repression of sexual needs is our identity. We do shy and hide our sexual needs and while we intercourse but however natural and basic need. The artist work show sexual intercourse between a couple in a hidden place that is evident of Foucult’s repression hypothesis.

What is repression hypothesis?Repression hypothesis states that humans repress their sexual drives. They are conscious of their sexual needs but not fulfilling it.How does the change relate to capitalism?It must be done only between a married man and woman, while all other ways are inappropriate.How does yoshiyuki’s works relate to capitalism?It shows liberty to perform this act anywhere in the world hidden or open.

However, the true place is concealed home.What is speaker’s benefit by Foucault? How does Yoshiyuki benefit from his art works as a speaker and observer?The way men intercourse with a woman is an enjoyable pleasure and part of our life and need that cannot be avoided. Yoshiyuki is benefited by the art work in a way that shows his own sexual arousal and a desire to have a sex with a lady. So he must go and perform sex with his wife.

This is how he can benefit.Why is Foucault so interested in talk (or discourse)? Is Yoshiyuki trying to make us talk about sex and make us think from Foucualt’s point of view?The photograph uncovers the hidden act of love at places out of sight where these people fulfill their desire. The proper way of sexual need is marriage between a man and a woman while outdoor places are not suitable to perform this act.Is Foucault saying that sex has not been prohibited and silenced and made taboo? What is Yoshiyuki trying to say in his art work?As Michel Foucault’s writing on “History of Sexuality” and “Development of Sexuality” point towards the ancient thinking about sexuality.

The sexual intercourse is a natural and normal act as the photograph shows. Foucault compared both Christian and Greeks view of sexual intercourse. Christians viewed it as a sin and evil while Greeks as a normal and natural accompanied with pleasure if properly used. Foucault himself called it an attractive and pleasant experienced that evolved as a mandatory need of a male and a female.

The Park is an indicative of a same that all humans want this relationship and desire to be fulfilled whether in a park or other hidden places. Foucault writes that development and occurrence of sexuality is from the beginning and this act is part of our nature and identities.  ReferencesThe park, http://www.yossimilogallery.com/artists/kohe_yosh/press-kohe_yosh.pdf Michel Foucault’s writing on “History of Sexuality”

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