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Michel Foucault Gossip

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Foucault had some crazy jags, like gashing his chest with a razor. His behavior with knives has been attributed to his father's profession as a surgeon, but we're guessing there's something more that… (Source.)

Foucault loved the crazy dark paintings of 19th-century Spanish painter Francisco Goya. In school, Foucault had Goya's images of twisted faces and people eating babies on his dorm room wall. That's not creepy at all. (Source.)

One of Foucault's biographers argued that Foucault's attraction to sadomasochistic sex was "an indication of admirable ethical adventurousness"—a far cry from other accusations that he was a just big bad pervert. What's your vote? (Source.)

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