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Analysis

Moby-Dick Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

PG-13

There’s no sex in Moby-Dick. But there are two characters who share a bed, a fate, and all their worldly possessions, who like to snuggle and throw their legs across one another, and who are described as a married couple. Oh, and one of them likes to stare at the other while he gets undressed, paying close attention to every curve of his muscles and every shade of his skin. So are they just comrades?

There are also periods where everyone stands around up to the elbows in sperm, squishing lumps of sperm and squishing each other’s hands and generally having a great ol’ time. But it’s spermaceti, which comes from whales, so you could argue that it’s just work, not play. There’s also the bit where they cut off a whale’s penis, skin it, and then make the penis skin into a sort of poncho for one of the guys to wear.

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