“The standardized world we are facing and fearing”

in Reproduction by Design

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226560694
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226560717 | DOI:
“The standardized world we are facing and fearing”

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This chapter illustrates how much of futurist literature focused on the topics of femininity, masculinity, birth control, and reproduction. Writing about the future was a classic means of legitimating an analysis of sex relations. Homosexuality was regarded as the logical manifestation of masculine decline. In the twentieth century, any discussion of sexuality had to take into account the availability of birth control. Futurists were divided on the potential effect of easy contraception. They found difficulty in avoiding the notion that the unproductive would eventually be eliminated. In general, Julian Huxley was important in simply being the best known of the many writers of his generation who, in writing about the future of reproduction, were torn between an admiration for planning and a distrust of the powers of science.

Keywords: futurist literature; femininity; masculinity; birth control; reproduction; sex relations; homosexuality; sexuality; Julian Huxley

Chapter.  12886 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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