Why does Fanny try to convince Lenina to be more promiscuous in Brave new World?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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"When the individual feels, the community reels."

It's not much more complicated than that.  Sex based on relationships can lead to all kinds of "bad" things ... frustruation, anxiety, possessiveness --- all the things that we learn about in the text when it speaks of the "family" as is used to exist.  Sex, rather than an action that isolates individuals and links them together for the inevitable "reeling" that seems to always come from it, has been reduced to  an action that has no expectations of anything past the moment.  In order to make sure this happens, promiscuity is not only tolerated, but also encouraged ... going "out" with the same man over and over again could lead to attachments and do the community harm ... and the community is much more important than the momentary happiness of an individual.

Sex serves much the same purpose as soma ... don't let an individual feel anything and you help assure the stability of the whole.

"When the individual feels, the community reels."