How does eliminating the sex instinct play a role in the absence of real family? I'm writing an essay and all I can think of is that by not having pleasue in sex and using it for reproduction...

How does eliminating the sex instinct play a role in the absence of real family?

I'm writing an essay and all I can think of is that by not having pleasue in sex and using it for reproduction there would be no love in the family created.

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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To add to allyson's point, the other benefit for the party in controlling/ extinguishing the sexuality of its members is one of loyalty. If sex is not joyful (or, better still, if it is repulsive), then people do not form strong emotional bonds with one another. Their passion can then be more readily converted into love (for the party) and hatred (for Goldstein and whatever enemy they are currently pretending to be at war with). With intimacy comes a shift in priorities. The first responsibility is to our immediate loves, then after that we will be responsible to our work and our country. Big Brother needs to keep people more in love with Him than with their families. Killing the sex instinct is one way to do this. A child conceived out of a distasteful but necessary duty will not be received by the parents in the same way as a child conceived out of lust or love. The ownership of the child, both physically and emotionally, shifts away from the parents toward the party. This also allows for the lines of loyalty to be redrawn. If a child is created specifically for the party (and not for the joy of creation), then the loyalty of both parent and child can be directed to the party. No love, no family.

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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As an addition to the first question, by eliminating procreation within the family, it also gives the state control from the start. Indoctrination at birth yields a higher percentage of citizens who will obey the state, since it is all they know.

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julienh | eNotes Newbie

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I agree with the previous answers, but for me the question is not related to the State or Big Brother...I would say that having no pleasure in sex is a mark of absence of love between the 2 party. Then, for me it appears logical that no love can appear in a family where the parents are not in love...

But no pleasure in sex, more generally speaking, is also often the expression of a problem within the relationship. People could be in love, but have deeper personal problem. Whatever it is, the problem must be treated in order to offer to children a "lovely" family...You know about the transgenerational secrets transmission and stuff like this. Unexpressed or unsolved problems within a relationship will lead to "frustrated" family: love will be bounded and thus produce frustration for the children.

Hope this will help for your essay...

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