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Heinlein on Sexual Morals

September 16, 2012

Excerpted from Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein:

“I can at least see the beauty of Mike’s attempt to devise an ideal human ethic and applaud his recognition that such a code must be founded on ideal sexual behavior, even though it calls for changes in sexual mores so radical as to frighten most people…Most moral philosophers consciously or unconsciously assume the essential correctness of our cultural sexual code-family, monogamy, continence, the postulate of privacy…restriction of intercourse to the marriage bed, etcetera. Having stipulated our cultural code as a whole, they fiddle with the details-even such piffle as solemnly discussing whether the female breast is an ‘obscene’ sight! But mostly they debate how the human animal can be induced or forced to obey this code, blandly ignoring the high probability that the heartaches and tragedies they see all around them originate in the code itself rather than failure to abide by the code.”

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