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Dystopians and Sex

Not long ago I finally read 1984 by George Orwell. It’s the age old charming tale of a dystopian future.

Here’s what struck me though:

Dystopian novels and sex seem to go hand in hand.

  1. Brave New World – Everything is regulated by the government, people who are created and controlled by the government are encouraged to have sex with whoever they please. People are not having sex to procreate, but instead as a recreational act (it’s a distraction).
  2. A Clockwork Orange – Some of the citizens in the country are out of control (which includes raping people), to counter this the government has devised a way to, basically, brainwash you to be good. Your self control is no longer there, you are “good” by force … To demonstrate this, the brainwashed man is put near a woman to show that, look, he’s not trying to attack her.
  3. 1984 – Life is incredibly regulated and, as part of that regulation, the government pairs you with a spouse. Sex is seen as a tool to create new citizens for the government. Sex is not seen as an enjoyable act, and as part of the main character’s rebellion he meets a woman who enjoys having sex.

It is interesting, and probably no accident, that these very well-known novels have such an “animal” or raw thing (sex) as something that is highlighted to demonstrate the government’s absolute control. After all, if you could control something like that, what else can’t you control?

It’s just crazy to me that sex is shown (at least in my opinion) as an example of control in such very different ways.

The other thing to notice is that the authors are all British. What is it about Brits and a sex-oriented dystopian future?

Quotes of the Day!

“I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

Brave New World

 

Having just finished a hunger strike, Gandhi sits down to his first meal. The meal is a bowl of soup made by a good friend of Gandhi’s. The friend nervously asks, “well, how does it taste?” Gandhi says, “it’s great, definitely exceeds everything I’d been dreaming of while on my hunger strike.”

Quotes of the Day!

“Either this is madness or it is Hell.”
“It is neither,” calmly replied the voice of the sphere, “it is knowledge.”

Flatland

But now he had these words, these words like drums and singing and music.

Brave New World

Tomorrow night I’m flying homeward bound to Phoenix!! Well, the Phoenix area. So in my particular case it won’t be wisdom, it won’t be hell, it’ll be Phoenix (which is closer to the hell-side as far as weather goes).

The second quote I picked because I just really like it.

Anyhow … I’m flying home for my bday, which is Friday. If you want to be overly rad you should post my blog on your facebook/twitter/whatever!

Come back tomorrow for the two dumbest/best videos I’ve cranked out yet!

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