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The sexual dynamics of history: men's power, women's resistance
Work, Sex and Power
Since the dawn of day intelligent women have skillfully used their sexuality to obtain what they desire from men, but some have gone even further. During the times when men dominated all major posts in business, politics and government, the only way for a woman to have upward social mobility and bolster her wealth was through a successful man. However, it would later show that their capacity would stretch much further than just the bedroom, as these women demanded more than just the standard flowers and chocolate-package. Madame de Pompadour stayed at the French court for twenty years until her death, a remarkably long time considering most mistresses were thrown out after just a couple of months.
Sex And Power In History
The fourth volume, Confessions of the Flesh Les aveux de la chair , was published posthumously in In Volume 1, Foucault criticizes the "repressive hypothesis", the idea that western society suppressed sexuality from the 17th to the midth century due to the rise of capitalism and bourgeois society. Foucault argues that discourse on sexuality in fact proliferated during this period, during which experts began to examine sexuality in a scientific manner, encouraging people to confess their sexual feelings and actions.