3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2011
So much of Michel Faucault's studies on sexuality have become part of our contemporary consciousness on the issue that it is difficult for someone like myself who is not a specialist in the field to add much of value. My only serious question concerning these three volumes is why Faucault sees Hellenic and Roman culture being the exclusive precursors and sources for Christian and therefore modern concepts of sexuality. Little or no mention is made of Hebraic sources. It is, of course, possible that Hebraic sources plaid no significant role in this specific discourse, but given that they did, in fact, contribute to many other areas of Christian thought, at very least a discussion of the reasons for their putative lack of significance to this discourse is warranted.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
In classical Greece, the sexual behaviour of free-born adolescent boys had a life-long impact on their reputations later, as adult men, when they were expect to lead and rule. That most adult men were attracted to adolescent boys and sought anal sex with them was taken for granted. A male adopting the passive (feminine) position as the boys always did, was normally considered dishonourable but an exception was made for adolescents.
A boy was expected not to be prudish, nor to play too hard to get, nor to sleep with everyone nor to prostitute himself. Which mentor/lover(s) a boy chose would be of great importance in the direction his life took. I find striking similarities with the dilemmas and consequences faced by many women in recent centuries.
The problematical aspect of sexuality for the Greeks was different from that or those today. The classical Greeks worried and moralised about correct conduct with respect to the love of boys, not about, for example: male conjugal fidelity, the rape of slaves or age difference.
A question I have, which I don't think Foucault deals with, is whether there is a wider underlying sexuality in everyone, only certain aspects of which are allowed to express themselves in any given culture and personal situation; or whether sexuality itself is plastic: that it can undergo real change through historical time.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2013
Good condition, though I have not had much time to read it yet, so I am afraid I can not comment on its content.