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by Aldous Huxley

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What is the pregnancy substitute in Brave New World?

The pregnancy substitute that appears in Brave New World is exactly what it sounds like, a treatment that allows women to experience the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, as human beings do not reproduce naturally in accordance with the culture of the World State.

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Central to the continued functioning and social order of the World State, all of society operates through a very strict hierarchy quite akin to a caste system. Identified by corresponding letters of the Greek alphabet, these classes are assigned different levels of labor that fit their level of intelligence. The intelligence itself is engineered. All human beings in the World State are born in artificial wombs, with their appearance, intellect, and function being determined from birth. Because this is an extraordinarily hands-on method of reproduction, the conception, gestation, and birthing processes no longer occur naturally. In fact, women who do become pregnant by mistake often face incredible ridicule and stigma, to the point that some are too ashamed to show their faces in civilized society.

Because of this absence of what was previously considered a regular part of a woman's life, all women take a pregnancy substitute around the age of twenty-one, a type of injection treatment...

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