Those familiar with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World recognize the weird ubiquity of sex in its horrid dystopia, as described in the Wikipedia summary:
Recreational sex is an integral part of society. According to the World State, sex is a social activity, rather than a means of reproduction (sex is encouraged from early childhood). The few women who can reproduce are conditioned to use birth control (a “Malthusian belt”, resembling a cartridge belt holding “the regulation supply of contraceptives“, is a popular fashion accessory). The maxim “everyone belongs to everyone else” is repeated often, and the idea of a “family” is considered pornographic; sexual competition and emotional, romantic relationships are rendered obsolete because they are no longer needed. Marriage, natural birth, parenthood, and pregnancy are considered too obscene to be mentioned in casual conversation. Thus, society has developed a new idea of reproductive comprehension.
Spending time alone is considered an outrageous waste of time and money, and wanting to be an individual is horrifying.
Well, at the Netroots Nation annual summit last week in Providence, Rhode Island, the Brave New World appeared to have arrived, as I described in this column just out today (please do follow the link):
What first grabbed attention was the apparent obsession with and overemphasis on all things sexual, as if all of life and certainly most of politics stem from some of the tawdrier realms of adolescent angst. Exhibits throughout the Providence Convention Center went out of their way to include sexual references, often of alternative varieties. (The now-familiar LGBT acronym – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gender – has now grown into LGBTIQ, with the latter two standing for “intersex” and “questioning.”) Tote bags full of political tracts, paraphernalia, and all sorts of doo-dads were available everywhere – sometimes next to big bins full of free condoms in bright wrappings reading, in bold letters, “I Love Safe Sex.”
And there’s lots more from where that passage came from.
All of that — and Van Jones, too!
Addendum: Why was U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown slumming with these people? Would he like to explain to his Ohio constituents why he was kowtowing to such outrageous left wingers?