How is the relationship between the sexes part of a "divide and conquer" strategy? What are people permitted/not permitted to do? How do they understand the opposite sex and sex in general?
One of the unexpected features of the Orwellian dystopia is its reactionary attitude about sexuality. At least from the example of similar futuristic societies like that in Brave New World, and from the general fact that the Party in 1984 seeks to overturn the values of the past, one might expect that the old thinking about sex would be overturned as well, especially because chastity is associated with religion, which the Party has destroyed. But in fact the reverse has happened: sexuality is looked upon as evil, absolute monogamy is...
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