On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978 by Adrienne Rich

By Adrienne Rich

At factor are the politics of language; the makes use of of scholarship; and the subjects of racism, historical past, and motherhood between others referred to as forth through wealthy as "part of the hassle to outline a feminine cognizance that is political, aesthetic, and erotic, and which refuses to be integrated or inside the tradition of passivity."

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The goal of standpoint theory is to make those marginalized groups visible, and to make their voices heard precisely because in so doing a more accurate picture of truth or knowledge will emerge. Thus standpoint theory stems from the claim that there is a truth of social reality. The truth, however, promulgated by a dominant group is a partial truth only of those individuals who occupy dominant positions. Standpoint theory finds its roots in Marxist critiques of ideology that themselves are grounded in a theory of objective truth and that draw ethical and political prescriptions from the objective interests of the proletariat class.

Sexuality was medicalized, aberrant behavior was pathologized and such behavior was a mark of a diseased sexual nature in need of correction. Those who deviated form the sexual norm were in need of medical intervention that would restore them to a state of sexual normalcy. This normalcy was necessary to ensure behavior that was predictable and socially and economically efficient. the judicial institution is increasingly incorporated into a continuum of apparatuses (medical, administrative, and so on) whose functions are for the most part regulatory.

P. 88-89. 46 The invocation of the juridico-discursive model, and the failure (inability) to recognize disciplinary power when power relations are analyzed masks the operations of disciplinary power. This failure to differentiate power along the juridico/disciplinary axis leads to dangerous misunderstandings of the power relations in which subjects find the themselves. Foucault argues that the juridical model of power fails to capture the presence and effects of disciplinary power. Power can no longer be cast in terms of legitimate/illegitimate exercises of restrictions of liberties and rights.

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