Compare and contrast the sexual mores and morals of the “World State” in Brave New World to what we see around ourselves every day. The media emphasize or glorify, both in fiction and real life, everything from adolescent “hookups” to the antics of our entertainers and politicians. Some of our social and educational institutions make clear that reproduction and sex need not be closely related issues, while other elements of our culture preach the opposite. Find two current articles(within six months) which provide facts about this social issue (use any online newspaper and magazines archives such as the Washington Post or Philly.com ). Then decide to what extent you agree or disagree that Huxley seems to have predicted much about the way we live our social lives today.You must use the MLA citation format. Parenthetical citations and a works cited page are required. (ESSAY SHOULD BE 800+WORDS).
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In his forward to Brave New World, Aldous Huxley contends,
This really revolutionary revolution is...the one that takes place in the souls and flesh of human beings.
This contention elicits the words used to describe a certain part of America's 1960's: The Sexual Revolution, a time in which females felt themselves liberated with birth control methods, allowing them "free love." Recent statistics show that the promulgation of uncensored sexual behavior has continued in America and other countries, as well, along with the use of sex as an advertising technique. In Huxley's New World, children run naked and play with one another; they are taught that "everyone belongs to everyone else" and encouraged to have no single sexual partner. The family unit has been dissolved and the words "mother" and "father" are connotative of disgusting images.
Nowadays in the United States, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are 46 births for every 1,000 unmarried women. One reporter also comments that
A long-term shift in family composition has decreased the share of children living with two married parents, while single-parent households have become more common for children. 180-2012 dropped 20%
This reporter adds that
The sexualization of children has spawned a generation of adults who have delved into every perversion under the sun. Relationships have also become twisted and perverted. This has devastated marriages, which are now more likely to end in divorce than not.
There is an old adage that states, "When a man's mind turns to lust, he forgets all else." This adage offers the reason for the use of sexual activity in Huxley's work: it is a tremendous distractor for the people and keeps them from thinking of important things. Likewise, the dissolution of the family unit gives the inhabitants no sense of belonging to other human beings; they simply belong to the state. In Time magazine, it was reported that
In the last 30 years, the percentage of married adults in the U.S. has dropped by 17 percent, and more than 40 percent of first marriages end in divorce.
In a recent article from The Washington Post, same-sex marriages will now be recognized for students to qualify for federal financial aid purposes. In the article there is a notation that evokes the Director's remarks about the obsolete terms of mother and father: the new forms will use "Parent 1 and Parent 2 instead of gender-specific terms such as 'mother' and 'father'."
Further, in a recent survey by Common Sense Media,
- 72% of teens think watching TV with a lot of sexual content influences their peers' behavior somewhat or a lot.
- Programs with sexual content average 4.4 scenes per hour.
These statistics certainly parallel the conditions in Brave New World. And the facts further reveal that even in middle schools, students are caught having oral sex at an alarming rate.
In Huxley's society of the New World, the residents lack any individuality and possess little independent thought. When they are occupied with indiscriminate sexual activity, whether it be fornication or watching the "feelies" or engaging in the Solidarity Service which becomes an organized orgy ("orgy-porgy"), they do not act as free individuals independent of others. Thus, they are able to be controlled the the state.
With youth occupied in such similar activities as those of the New World, they, too, learn nothing of history or current events or of the sanctity and importance of marriage as the microcosm of a free and strong society; moreover, they certainly learn nothing of the importance of the independent and rational individual who is at the core of a truly free society. In Brave New World, the society maligns, ridicules, and punishes John the "Savage" who represents this independent, rational, and learned individual. In today's American society, this type of person is also ridiculed or ignored; instead, the professional athlete or movie star is exalted, both of whom often lack morals.
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