The woman who checks her makeup half a dozen times a day to see if her foundation has caked or her mascara has run, who worries that the wind or the rain may spoil her hairdo, who looks frequently to see if her stockings have bagged at the ankle or who, feeling fat, monitors everything she eats, has become, just as surely as the inmate of the Panopticon, a self-policing subject, a self committed to a relentless self-surveillance. This self-surveillance is a form of obedience to patriarchy. It is also the reflection in woman’s consciousness of the fact that she is under surveillance in ways that he is not, that whatever else she may become, she is importantly a body designed to please or to excite.

Michel Foucault, “Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power” (via chocolate-eggs-and-lacan)

This is a misattribution. Foucault did not write this in an essay called “Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power”– SANDRA LEE BARTKY wrote this in an essay called “Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power.

This misattribution is particularly glaring given that Bartky wrote this essay, in part to build on Foucault’s ideas about power in how they related to patriarchal power, but also to criticise Foucault for the lack of attention he paid to the specific kinds of violence faced by women under patriarchy:

But Foucault treats the body throughout as if it were one, as if the bodily experiences of men and women did not differ and as if men and women bore the same relationship to the characteristic institutions of modern life. Where is the account of the disciplinary practices that engender the “docile bodies” of women, bodies more docile than the bodies of men? Women, like men, are subject to many of the same disciplinary practices Foucault describes. But he is blind to those disciplines that produce a modality of embodiment that is peculiarly feminine. To overlook the forms of subjection that engender the feminine body is to perpetuate the silence and powerlessness of those upon whom these disciplines have been imposed. Hence, even though a liberatory note is sounded in Foucault’s critique of power, his analysis as a whole reproduces that sexism which is endemic throughout Western political theory.

So, basically, a woman wrote an essay expounding on a man’s ideas about power, specifically as they related to patriarchal power, and criticising that man’s failure to take gendered violence into account… and you attributed a quote from that essay… to that man. In a misattribution that now has nearly 12.5k notes. That’s kind of funnily ironic but also, more than that, incredibly unjust.

Once again, the person who wrote this is Sandra Lee Bartky.

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