Desire Is Not Natural
When I get my Foucauldian talk going, I inevitably find someone who objects to the idea that desires are socially constructed by pointing out that we’re born hungry—as if hunger is entirely natural.
This won’t work, cause I don’t get hungry for breast milk (in fact, even calling it breast milk is an act of identification that is unavailable to infants because they haven’t yet been thoroughly socialized). I get hungry for pepperoni pizza, for buffalo wings, or whatever (this means it’s hard for me to be a vegetarian at times!).
But saying that our hunger is natural because we’re naturally hungry is like saying that speaking English is natural because we’re born with vocal chords.
Desire (even hunger) is better understood as a bodily potentiality that is thoroughly socialized soon after we’re born.