GEN BUCK TURGIDSON: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?Haha do it for the children. Hawt!
DR. STRANGELOVE: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
AMBASSADOR ALEXI DE SADESKI: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.
Well, Mr. President, we must not allow
a hormone-filled gap -- a decade and more of likely sexual activity before marriage. And for those in that gap, there is little helpful guidance from the broader culture. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, argues that the "courtship narrative" in the past was clear: dating, engagement, marriage, children. This narrative has been disrupted without being replaced, leaving many 20-somethings in a "relational wasteland."You hear this sort of thing from time to time, but of course, the "courtship narrative" is an artifact of mostly Western cultures that lasted for, what, a hundred years? If that? And only among certain classes and within certain social orders. For most of human history marriages have been arranged affairs, although what constituted arrangement varied widely from culture to culture, era to decade. Indeed, the manner of making marriages is and was like so many other cultural practices an artifact of the social economy, since the family is not principally a moral, but an economic unit. Our current period of long sexual adolescence and later life-pairing reflect the times we live in. You know what else most people don't have until their late 20s thse days, Little Mikey Gerson? Real jobs!