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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land


by Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land Sex Quotes

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Quote #7

"Ben, the ethics of sex is a thorny problem. Each of us is forced to grope for a solution he can live with—in the face of a preposterous unworkable and evil code of so-called 'Morals.' Most of us know the code is wrong, almost everybody breaks it. But we pay Danegeld by feeling guilty and giving lip service. Willy-nilly, the code rides us, dead and stinking, an albatross around the neck" (33.81).

Jubal argues that a moral rule everyone breaks can't be much of a rule, and if everyone breaks the rule, then why should anyone feel guilt for breaking it themselves? Or to quote Liam Neeson in Kinsey, "Everybody's sin is nobody's sin."

Quote #8

"Sex should be a means of happiness. Ben, the worst thing about sex is that we use it to hurt each other. It ought never to hurt; it should bring happiness, or at least, pleasure." (33.88)


Quote #9

Male-femaleness is the greatest gift we have—romantic physical love may be unique to this planet. If it is, the universe is a poorer place than it could be." (36.140).

Mike places the ability of two people to join together in sex as unique to the universe. Check out how male-female is joined into one word, suggesting the bridging of the gap mentioned in Quote 1.

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