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July 20, 2019 - CHAPTER 13 - A Night in the Bedroom
This chapter opens with a personal ad in The Village Voice, July 20, 2019. A woman whose husband is pregnant is seeking sexual companionship.
After the ad Clarke bemoans the state of sex in 1986 (when he wrote the book). He says sexual freedom is glorified but the malady of the times is a lack of desire. He then goes on to describe how the malady may be cured--with hormones, artificial penises, and research from places like the Kinsey Institute. He says a Kinsey researcher claims that sexual attitudes fluctuate in twenty-year cycles, and we're due for a "blending of science and passion into an orgasmic age" in 2019. Hey! Maybe I'm about to get laid!
Clarke presents a chronology of experimentation that was aimed at stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain. Electrical stimulation, drugs. He talks about an obscure African tree sap that enhances sexual performance. This was 12 years before Viagra blew all the snake oils off the shelves.
He says that by the middle of the 21st century we'll be transplanting penises, and by the end of the century we'll have bionic penises that will respond to thoughts, emotions and desire. And an actual perfesser from Johns Hopkins University talks about being able to reverse embryogenesis, "so that then one might be able to backtrack and grow the sex organs out again in the form of the opposite sex. Lizards can grow a new tail at any stage of their lives, so..." Thank you, perfesser.
After the nuts and bolts scientific talk is out of the way, Clark opines about the sociological revolution that will take place in the 21st century, the one brought about by women gaining stature in society. With better jobs and more money, they won't feel the need to attach themselves to men. Marriage rates will fall, and women will use their money and position to secure more attractive sexual partners, as men do. This has come true.
At the end of the chapter Clarke says the best sex in 2019 will be happening 300 miles in space. The most romantic hotel in the universe will be orbiting earth as part of NASA's permanent space station. You'll "be able literally to bounce off the walls with your partner." I wonder if this has already come true? Is anyone keeping track of those astronauts?
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