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"Brave New World" Through a Feminist Lense
Transcript of "Brave New World" Through a Feminist Lense
Pharmecutical Drugs and Electro Convulsive Therapy
The Trotsky Allusion
Family Dynamics of the Reservation
Huxley's Patriarchal Society: Lenina and the Adam & Eve Allusion Eugenics: In Vitro vs. In Vino “How could anyone know what being a mother means who has never carried a child nine months heavy under her heart, who has never borne a baby in blood and pain, who has never suckled a child… What do they know of motherhood?” “In Aldous Huxley’s dystopian Brave New World… not only eugenics, but dysgenics… gestate both ‘superior’ embryos and in far larger numbers, ‘inferior’ embryos… reproduction has been brought wholly within control of the state.” “When mastery of the process of extra-uterine gestation is achieved [it] will render the biological process of pregnancy technically obsolete.” Pharmecutical Drugs and Electro Convulsive Therapy “But all [Bernard-Marx] did was to say ‘No, thank you,’ and fend off the proffered tube of tablets (Huxley 54) “‘The Savage’ wrote Bernard, ‘refuses to take soma, and seems much distressed because the woman Linda, his [mother] remains permanently on holiday” (Huxley 160) “Lenina felt herself entitled, after this day of queerness and horror, to a complete and absolute holiday…she swallowed six half-gramme tablets of soma…it would be eighteen hours at least before she was in time again” (Huxley 140) “Women’s responses to…the stresses we face living under Patriarchy are being characterized…as debilitating ‘mental illness’ in order to receive FDA approval for chemical ‘treatment’ (McInnes 162) Contraceptives: 19th century – criminalized
“sustain the birth rate among the prosperous, white, Protestant population” (de Gama 118) 20th century – underclass & poor
“attempt to eradicate the assumed biological givens of ‘criminality’ and ‘ mental retardation’” (de Gama 118)
welfare Brave New World
12-17, drill 3 times a week “as automatic and inevitable as blinking” (Huxley 77)
“mother” Abortion Centers
Back up plan if pill didn’t work
Linda Development in Social Life The Law of Uneven and Combined Development
Combined Development Law Industry Drawing the Connections Lenina Crowne Adam and Eve Allusion Lenina's rebellion not developed Only men capable of rebelling Women not rebellious Lenina tempting John = Eve tempting Adam John's death = Adam's expulsion from Paradise (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr rebel = good (Pg 257-259) Lack Of 'Conditioning'
taught family values
repair own clothes
no more "more stitches less riches" Family Dymanics of the Reservation Huxley's Patriarchal Society Mother Figure
families running around happy in their own homes
no polygamy/multiple partners
no soma Critiquing Brave New World through a feminist lens exposes the underlying inequality present in Huxley's seemingly equal society.