what one says and does not say

Silence itselfthe things one declines to say, or is forbidden to name, the discretion which is required between different speakersis less the absolute limit of discourse, the other side from which it is separated by a distinct boundary, than an element that functions alongside the things said, with them and in relation to them within over-all strategies. There is no binary division to be made between what one says and does not say; we must try to determine the different ways of not saying such things, how those who can and those who cannot speak of them are distributed, which type of discourse is authorized, or which form of discretion is required in either case. There is not one but many silences, and they are an integral part of the strategies that underlie and permeate discourses.

-Foucault, The History of Sexuality, vol. 1