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The Junior Anti-Sex League in 1984 and its significance

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The Junior Anti-Sex League in 1984 promotes celibacy to control citizens' emotions and loyalty. By suppressing sexual desires, the Party aims to channel people's energies into fervent support for the regime, eliminating personal bonds that might threaten its absolute power.

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What is the "Junior Anti-Sex League" in 1984?

The Anti-Junior Sex League is a Party organization working for replacing sex with artificial insemination. Julia is a part of the group, but only as a cover—she is pro-actively interested in sex and pursues affairs with men. However, the cover is effective in that Winston initially believes she is a puritanical, fully faithful Party member. He directs some of his pent up sexual frustration at her before he gets to know her by fantasizing about violence towards her.

The Anti-Sex League is part of the Party's plan to take all private and personal joy out of individual human life. The Party already makes a sex life unpleasant by training Party woman that sex should be regarded as a once-a-week "duty" endured for the sake of procreation, something to be checked off as a to-do item, not a pleasure in and of itself.

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What is the "Junior Anti-Sex League" in 1984?

The Junior Anti-Sex League in 1984 is a group that advocates "complete celibacy for both sexes." They are pushing the agenda of the Party, the group that rules the country.

According to the Junior Anti-Sex League, children should not be conceived through sexual intercourse. They should be conceived from artificial insemination only. While the Party in 1984 is moving away from standard sexual procreation, it has not dropped it entirely yet. It just makes sure people are in marriages that are planned to be unsatisfying and that sex is vilified.

The group puts up posters, hands out pamphlets, and holds rallies to push its ideas on the population. 

When Winston thinks of Julia, he notices the "narrow scarlet sash, emblem of the Junior Anti-Sex League" around her waist and says it is just tight "enough to bring out the shapeliness of her hips." He later finds out that she doesn't actually believe in the group's rhetoric. She only joined to appear like she did.

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Why might someone join the Junior Anti-Sex League in 1984?

In Oceania, the totalitarian regime controls every aspect of society, and Big Brother requires complete observance from all Party members. The threatening, intimidating nature of the Party is a significant incentive to behave completely orthodox and stay on Big Brother's good side. Young women like Julia who have joined the Anti-Sex League understand the importance of remaining completely orthodox in the Party's eyes. Whether or not the girls actually believe in the tenets of the Anti-Sex League is up for debate, but each member is well aware of the consequences they'll face if they engage in promiscuity or disobey the principles of the Party. Also, government propaganda makes sex seem like a "disgusting minor operation" because it does not want woman and men to create loyalties towards each other. Therefore, young woman are motivated to join the Anti-Sex League because they feel that it is their duty to the Party, they are avoiding the harsh consequences of being promiscuous, and believe sexual intercourse is a disgusting affair.

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