scientia sexualis shapes truth through knowledge and power (Foucault, 1978, 57-58).
Foucault states that our civilization is based on this scientia sexualis production of discourse that incorporates confession into the rules of science (Foucault, 1978, 67). This truth of sex operates as it articulates the language of power and transforms sex into discourse, causing the rituals of confession to function within the norms of science, constituted within scientific terminology.
Foucault describes two different procedures in producing the truth of sex, one being ars erotica or erotic art, which draws truth from pleasure itself, and then scientia sexualis that shapes the truth through knowledge and power (Foucault 1978, 57-58).
See scientia sexualis.
describes a social construct of communities that allowed companionship and eroticism to flourish within same-sex cultures.
Homosocial communities emerged during the 18th century around the American Revolutionary War era as it created environments that fostered, accepted, and praised intimate or romantic same-sex friendships. Homosocial communities arose out of the notion of egalitarianism, nationalism, brotherhood, and rational love that contributed to the value and importance of same-sex friendships. See romantic friendships.