IRJE for Brave New World: “Talking about her as though she were a bit of meat.”

In the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, polyamory is seen as the social ‘norm’, unlike our society today. For example, in a changing room, Bernard Marx overhears Henry Foster ‘recommending’ Lenina, a girl that Foster has been going out with, to the Assistant Predestinator (a fellow male worker):

‘Talking about her as though she were a bit of meat.’ Bernard ground his teeth. ‘Have her here, have her there. Like mutton. Degrading her to so much mutton. She said she’d think it over, she said she’d give me an answer this week. Oh, Ford, Ford, Ford.’ He would have liked to go up to them and hit them in the face – hard, again and again. (p. 39)

Marx is seen as an outcast for being against the popular mantra “Everyone belongs to everyone”, but he is seen as a voice of reason in my eyes because he seems to be the only one who is conscious of how messed up society is; how strange it is that sex is seen as an activity you can do with anyone instead of a way to show your love for one person (or only a few persons).

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