The Party regulates sexuality because the sex act leads to unions between people, "loyalties which it might not be able to control." Smith reflects that eroticism, the desire for someone else, is the real enemy, more than love. People were allowed to get married, but their marriages had to be approved by the Party, and if there was any evidence that either the potential husband or wife was attracted to one another, the union would not be approved. Just as it had eliminated, or attempted to eliminate, other pleasures, the Party hoped to destroy, or "at least dirty," the sex instinct. People wanting things, including other people, led to desires the Party could not satisfy.