Analysis Of Michel Foucault 's ' The ' Of The Docile Women '

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Though Bartkey’s argument demonstrates logic and cohesive arguments, she fails to impress readers with her solution to end the legacy of the docile women. Sandra Bartkey commences her argument with an introduction to Michel Foucault. She explains how Foucault demonstrates the presence of self-policing in society through the usage of the Panopticon. The Panopticon is a prison where there stands one central guard tower and rows of prison cells surrounding the tower. Sunlight shines into the cells creating a clear view for the guards that enables them to perceive everything that occurs in these cells. Though the scarcity of guards limits the amount of prisoners that can be viewed at one time, the prisoners feel watched at all times. Furthermore, Foucault establishes the power of the Panopticon by saying “The effect of this is ‘to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power; each becomes to himself his own jailer” (169). In other words, prisoners will self-police themselves to ensure they stay out of trouble.
Though Sandra Barkey believes in this theory of discipline, she argues that Focault did not understand the differences between genders. Women face many additional pressures – whether it be institutional or voluntary – that men will never need to face. In conclusion, she presents her thesis, by stating “To overlook the forms of subjection that engender the feminine body is to perpetuate the silence and…
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