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Heinlein on Sexual Dysfunction

September 21, 2012

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

“Male-femaleness is the greatest gift we have-romantic physical love may be unique to this planet. I don’t know. If it is, the universe is a much poorer place than it could be…The actual joining and blending of two physical bodies with simultaneous merging of souls in shared ecstasy of love, giving and receiving and delighting in each other…it’s the source…of all that makes this planet so rich and wonderful…

That’s what it should be. But that’s what I slowly grokked it rarely was. Instead it was indifference and acts mechanically performed and rape and seduction as a game no better than roulette but with poorer odds and prostitution and celibacy by choice and by no choice and fear and guilt and hatred and violence and children brought up to think that sex was ‘bad’ and ‘shameful’ and ‘animal’ and something to be hidden and always distrusted. This lovely perfect thing, male-femaleness, turned upside down and inside out and made horrible.”

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