Lots of technological stuff, crazy stuff, like how to extend life
on Mars. Or the advantages or disadvantages of cloning as a
replacement for sex for reproduction. In other words; sex as
something purely for fun. Would it wreak havoc on society or free
up sex as something without the "duties" of parenthood?
And if cloning is replacing sex as the primary means of
reproduction, could it become acceptable to raise children with
your friend? Would it even be possible or would our biological
instincts say no?
I know that I have a great guy friend who I know would make an
awesome dad, but I'm not gay. And I just have this instinct that I
must be romantically involved with the parent of my child, if I
ever were to have one. But is this instinct biological or
Also, in more contemporary terms, I'm also half-amused, half-scared
of the amount of sexual privilege a young white college-educated
man has in New York City. It used to be the case that women had the
sexual upper hand up until about age 30. Past 30 it was even until
about the early-to-mid 40s when men would pull ahead. (Women for
whatever reason are far more likely to date someone 10 or 20 years
their senior than a young man is, after all).
This is no longer the case. Men, at least my demographic group of
men, have it easy from day one. I'm not sure this is a good thing.
Am I prudish to say that? Sex-negative, even?
I don't know. I consider myself pretty liberal on much if not all
issues. "Social conservatism" for me has always meant to restrict
the freedom of women in order to create a web of social control
that would benefit men, i.e. patriarchy.
On the other hand, the way some of the guys in my generation are
acting in terms of committment makes me question the live and let
live approach to life I'm generally in favor of. But I mean, what's
the alternative? Roll back the sexual revolution? Start doing
quotas on university admissions to graduate more men? None of those
things sound very appealing to me.