1 John Ryan
cartoon published in the Catholic Herald , 2
Catholic marriage preparation
The interviewees were of a
generation whose sex lives were subjected to an unparalleled level of
attention from Church institutions. Disciples of the theorist MichelFoucault would claim
his story of pathological
discourses usurping Catholic regimes of regulation, MichelFoucault
claimed to reconceptualise the way power worked in relation to the
sexual subject. Whether through confessional or therapeutic techniques,
discipline and governance have been exercised as
much from within the individual as from without according to Foucault. 42 His model of historical
change was therefore
Foucault , ‘ Pastoral Power and Political
Reason ’, in J.
Carrette (ed.), Religion and Culture: MichelFoucault
( New York , 1999 ), pp. 135 – 154 .
Anne, interviewed 24/03/2012.
Foucault, ‘Pastoral Power and Political