Sexuality as an Organizing Discourse for Race and Gender in Western Culture


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Sexuality as an Organizing Discourse for Race and Gender in Western Culture
Over the course of modern history, sex and sexuality have been used to control and define who and what is considered “normal” and “abnormal” in western culture. According to Michel Foucault in The History of Sexuality, Volume 1, the discourse, or discussion, of sexuality over the past several hundred years has largely been one of repression. This means that the discourse of sexuality has typically limited the categories that fall into what is considered “normal” and “abnormal,” such that only certain forms of sexual knowledge are allowed to legitimately be circulated and recognized in our culture. As Foucault insists, knowledge is power; whoever establishes the...
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..... and patriarchal) is made powerful by choosing who to include and exclude from the categories of conventional and aberrant. As a result, people who do not fall within the categories that are considered standard or normal, in other words who are not white, heterosexual, gender-normative and the like, can be made socially invisible through discourse or worse.
Works Cited
Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction. New York: Vintage Books, 1978/ 1990.
Lee, JeeYeun. “Why Suzie Wong is Not a Lesbian: Asian and Asian American Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Femme/ Butch Gender Identities,” Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology. Eds., Brett Beemyn and Mickey Elianon. New York: NYU Press, 1996.