Gender Inequality In Brave New World

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In a society that holds itself to a high standard, it is difficult to fathom that it could become a dystopian world, like those centered in futuristic science fiction. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World presents a society that functions— from the perspective of the average modern individual— in an unimaginable manner. However, modern society is already veering towards its own Brave New World. When the growing gap between socio-economic classes and the increasing sexualisation in society are analyzed, a dystopian future becomes clearer. The class structure in Brave New World is unlike anything that currently exists in modern society. This system places the citizens of this world in a caste from birth, "'We decant our babies as socialized…show more content…
The hypnopaedic phrase "every one belongs to every one else" (40), gives people the liberty to be with whomever they wish. This intense sexual nature is begins at a young age, with "erotic play" (32) encouraged between children. With such a degree of sexual freedom, monogamy is frowned upon in this society; "It's such horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man" (41). In fact, group sex is mandatory in the Brave New World, as part of their solidarity services, "Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun/Kiss the girls and make them One/ Boys at one with girls at peace/ Orgy-porgy gives release" (84). With all of this, it is normal to dehumanize others for sexual pleasure "'Lenina Crowne?...I'm surprised you haven't had her'... 'I certainly will. At the first opportunity'...'Talking about her as though she were a bit of meat...Degrading her to so much mutton'" (44-46). The only true differences between modern society and Brave New World, is that in this society, "there were also [is still] monogamy and romance" (40) and "erotic play between children had been [is] regarded as...not only abnormal, actually immoral...and had been [is] therefore been rigorously suppressed. However, , society is becoming desensitized to sex, with growing sexual promiscuity in the younger population. While having a greater number of partners is more common, sexual intimacy, building a strong connection with someone, is not (Jacobsen). . Although, the greatest evidence of a societal movement towards Brave New World is the sexualisation and sexual objectification of (young) girls. Examples of this include: clothing stores sell thongs sized for pre-teen girls, children in beauty pageants encouraged to "flirt" on stage, fashion shows in which models made to resemble little girls wear sexy lingerie, and provocatively dressed women in music videos (American Psychological Association).. On television, sexual

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