Sugar Daddy and Such
I thought it was interesting on page 53 how Janet was talking about taboos in her society, because it’s so different than here that I can’t see how anything can be taboo. I understand it is a thing but I think when I am trying to get the framework of a story or a new place taboos just confuse me because everything is different. One of the taboos is being with someone significantly older than you and I guess I don’t understand that since you’re able to have free love and within your family as well so what’s the big deal if they’re older and how old is significantly older? Like we have sugar daddies and people feel different ways about them because on one hand you’re having sex or a relationship with someone significantly older than you but on the other hand someone pays your bills and everyone is jealous that someone else pays your bills. At least in my friend group
My friend Morgan’s sister is dating one of her philosophy professors and living with him. He pays for most everything. He gave her a large amount of money to go shopping a few weeks ago. And they’re happy together despite the age difference and the benefits that come from outside their personal relationship. It’s something that we really don’t talk about but it happens and I think age is definitely a factor but if people are happy then why would it be taboo. I realize this is a fictional book. So on one hand, people don’t really talk about it, but when you hear about it I think it’s a pretty good deal.
I also can’t imagine a world without men. Would all women adapt or would it have to be something that was never offered so there aren’t stories about that? It would be interesting to see a baby from the Whileawayans placed in our world and if they grow up caring about the gender of who they were hanging out with, if they would date, find love and adapt to our view of relationships or if they would biologically find interest in what her parents and history taught.
Russ, Joanna. The Female Man. Beacon Press, 1975