terms: something Michel Foucault
refers to as 'reverse discourse'.
Foucault argued: "homosexuality became a perversion but the discourse made possible the formation of a reverse discourse: homosexuality began to speak in its own behalf, to demand that its legitimacy or 'naturality' be acknowledged, often in the same vocabulary
, using the same categories by which it was medically disqualified".
This can be applied to any oppressed
group: it basically means co-opting the terms which the oppressors use, and making them into a source of strength, a base of power
from which to redress the inequality.quote source
: Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977
. Colin Gordon, Ed. New York: Pantheon, 1980.